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[[i have made ira contributions to a mutual fund over a period of years, some
deductible and some non deductible. is there a way to separate these two
categories again? i would appreciate any help.]]

There is no real reason to segregate the physical IRA. You should have the AMOUNTS segregated when you filed IRS Form 8606 each and every year that you made a non-deductible IRA contribution.

If you now find that you did NOT file Form 8606 in prior years, you really need to do so now. It's the "basis" information on the Form 8606 that is important, not the physical segregation of the IRA funds.

You can read more about this in IRS Publication 590 at the IRS web site.

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