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Please pardon my ignorance, but I've read seemingly contradictory articles all over the internets about Roth IRAs. Simple question: are Roth IRAs totally exempt from capital gains taxes or does the tax-free portion apply only to the lifetime contributions I make?

If, for example, I opened a Roth and bought stock in a a small cap company that forty years later became a market giant like Microsoft or Wal-Mart, would I get to keep all of my fortune tax-free or would I pay taxes only on the gains?
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