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Okay, DH and I each opened IRA's a while back (read: several years) but so far we had only contributed to his. Mine, of course, got hit with annual service fees and had no cash in there to cover them. I deposited $50 to cover those for the next x years.

This year we also opened RIRA's (which I intend to contribute to - honest!).

But here's the problem:
In reading more, I discovered that while we WERE eligible when we opened the IRA's, we no longer are.

Question 1:
How much trouble am I in for putting money in the IRA (that I'm not eligible to contribute to)? I have no intention of deducting it on my taxes, so does that mean I'm okay?

Question 2:
Since (God willing and the creek don't rise) our income will never again be low enough to qualify, is there any reason on earth I should keep my IRA open? And since it has less that $50 in it, do I care?

Question 3:
Since DH has a few thousand in his, of course I don't need to close it. But I'm thinking it might be better to convert it.

Question 4:
If I don't convert it, how do I pay annual fees without getting zapped for contributing to an IRA?

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