Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
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Income — Retirement Income; Form 1040, Lines 15-16

Other Retirement Income Issues

Withdrawal of Excess IRA Contributions

An excess IRA contribution is the amount contributed to a traditional IRA during the year that is more than the smaller of:

  • $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 or older), or
  • The taxable compensation for the year

The taxpayer may not know that a contribution is excess until the tax return is completed after the end of the year. When this situation is identified, the excess amount, and any earnings on that amount, need to be withdrawn by the due date of the return including extensions. If the excess amount is not withdrawn by the due date of the return, the taxpayer will be subject to an additional 6 percent tax on this amount.