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Just out of curiosity, what does happen to a Roth IRA if you contribute but are ineligible due to earning over the limit?

You would owe a penalty tax for excess IRA contributions. Off the top of my head, that tax is 6% of the excess contribution for each year the excess contribution exists.

To correct the excess contribution, you have to withdraw the excess contribution plus any earnings on the contribution. Those earnings are taxed as ordinary income and are subject to the 10% early withdrawal penalty.

--Peter
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