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Let's toss one more fly into the soup.

Have you already made a Roth contribution for 2008? If so, you won't be able to put the month back into a Roth until 2009 as a 2009 contribution.

Next, are you eligible to make a Roth contribution for 2008? Do you anticipate being eligible for 2009? If those are both no, then you can't put the money back into a Roth at all.

This isn't like a rollover. You can't take the money out, claim the loss, and then put it back. You have to take the money out. Period. Then, if you're eligible, you can make more Roth contributions in the future.

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