The basis of property distributed from a Roth IRA is its fair market value (FMV) on the date of distribution, whether or not the distribution is a qualified distribution.
If you withdraw contributions (including any net earnings on the contributions) by the due date of your return for the year in which you made the contribution, the contributions are treated as if you never made them. If you have an extension of time to file your return, you can withdraw the contributions and earnings by the extended due date. The withdrawal of contributions is tax free, but you must include the earnings on the contributions in income for the year in which you made the contributions.
A qualified distribution is any payment or distribution from your Roth IRA that meets the following requirements.
 It is made after the 5year period beginning with the first taxable year for which a contribution was made to a Roth IRA set up for your benefit, and
 The payment or distribution is:
 Made on or after the date you reach age 591/2,
 Made because you are disabled,
 Made to a beneficiary or to your estate after your death, or
 One that meets the requirements listed under First home under Exceptions in chapter 1 (up to a $10,000 lifetime limit).
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006527taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006528If you receive a distribution that is not a qualified distribution, you may have to pay the 10% additional tax on early distributions as explained in the following paragraphs.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006529If, within the 5year period starting with the first day of your tax year in which you convert an amount from a traditional IRA or rollover an amount from a qualified retirement plan to a Roth IRA, you take a distribution from a Roth IRA, you may have to pay the 10% additional tax on early distributions. You generally must pay the 10% additional tax on any amount attributable to the part of the amount converted or rolled over (the conversion or rollover contribution) that you had to include in income. A separate 5year period applies to each conversion and rollover. See
Ordering Rules for Distributions, later, to determine the amount, if any, of the distribution that is attributable to the part of the conversion or rollover contribution that you had to include in income.
The 5year period used for determining whether the 10% early distribution tax applies to a distribution from a conversion or rollover contribution is separately determined for each conversion and rollover, and is not necessarily the same as the 5year period used for determining whether a distribution is a qualified distribution. See
What Are Qualified Distributions, earlier.
For example, if a calendaryear taxpayer makes a conversion contribution on February 25, 2008, and makes a regular contribution for 2007 on the same date, the 5year period for the conversion begins January 1, 2008, while the 5year period for the regular contribution begins on January 1, 2007.
Unless one of the exceptions listed later applies, you must pay the additional tax on the portion of the distribution attributable to the part of the conversion or rollover contribution that you had to include in income because of the conversion or rollover.
You must pay the 10% additional tax in the year of the distribution, even if you had included the conversion or rollover contribution in an earlier year. You also must pay the additional tax on any portion of the distribution attributable to earnings on contributions.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006530Unless one of the exceptions listed below applies, you must pay the 10% additional tax on the taxable part of any distributions that are not qualified distributions.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006531You may not have to pay the 10% additional tax in the following situations.
 You have reached age 591/2.
 You are disabled.
 You are the beneficiary of a deceased IRA owner.
 You use the distribution to pay certain qualified firsttime homebuyer amounts.
 The distributions are part of a series of substantially equal payments.
 You have significant unreimbursed medical expenses.
 You are paying medical insurance premiums after losing your job.
 The distributions are not more than your qualified higher education expenses.
 The distribution is due to an IRS levy of the qualified plan.
 The distribution is a qualified reservist distribution.
 The distribution is a qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution.
 The distribution is a qualified recovery assistance distribution.
Most of these exceptions are discussed earlier in chapter 1 under
Early Distributions.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006532 You may choose to withdraw an economic stimulus payment that was directly deposited to your Roth IRA in 2008. If you choose to withdraw any or all of the payment, that portion of the payment is treated as neither contributed nor distributed from your IRA. The amount withdrawn is not included in your income and is not subject to additional tax or penalty. The withdrawal must be made by the due date for filing your 2008 tax return, including extensions. For most people that would be April 15, 2009.
If you do withdraw all or part of the payment from your IRA, you will receive a Form 1099R showing the amount of the distribution. Include the distribution on Form 1040, line 15a; Form 1040A, line 11a; or Form 1040NR, line 16a. Do not make an entry on Form 1040, line 15b; Form 1040A, line 11b; or Form 1040NR, line 16b, but enter "ESP" in the space next to the line. For more information see the instructions for your tax return.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006533If you receive a distribution from your Roth IRA that is not a qualified distribution, part of it may be taxable. There is a set order in which contributions (including conversion contributions and rollover contributions from qualified retirement plans) and earnings are considered to be distributed from your Roth IRA. For these purposes, disregard the withdrawal of excess contributions and the earnings on them (discussed earlier under
What if You Contribute Too Much. Order the distributions as follows.
 Regular contributions.
 Conversion and rollover contributions, on a firstinfirstout basis (generally, total conversions and rollovers from the earliest year first). See Aggregation (grouping and adding) rules, later. Take these conversion and rollover contributions into account as follows:
 Taxable portion (the amount required to be included in gross income because of the conversion or rollover) first, and then the
 Nontaxable portion.
 Earnings on contributions.
Disregard rollover contributions from other Roth IRAs for this purpose.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006534Determine the taxable amounts distributed (withdrawn), distributions, and contributions by grouping and adding them together as follows.
 Add all distributions from all your Roth IRAs during the year together.
 Add all regular contributions made for the year (including contributions made after the close of the year, but before the due date of your return) together. Add this total to the total undistributed regular contributions made in prior years.
 Add all conversion and rollover contributions made during the year together. For purposes of the ordering rules, in the case of any conversion or rollover in which the conversion or rollover distribution is made in 2008 and the conversion or rollover contribution is made in 2009, treat the conversion or rollover contribution as contributed before any other conversion or rollover contributions made in 2009.
Add any recharacterized contributions that end up in a Roth IRA to the appropriate contribution group for the year that the original contribution would have been taken into account if it had been made directly to the Roth IRA.
Disregard any recharacterized contribution that ends up in an IRA other than a Roth IRA for the purpose of grouping (aggregating) both contributions and distributions. Also disregard any amount withdrawn to correct an excess contribution (including the earnings withdrawn) for this purpose.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006535On October 15, 2003, Justin converted all $80,000 in his traditional IRA to his Roth IRA. His Forms 8606 from prior years show that $20,000 of the amount converted is his basis.
Justin included $60,000 ($80,000 − $20,000) in his gross income.
On February 23, 2008, Justin made a regular contribution of $5,000 to a Roth IRA. On November 7, 2008, at age 60, Justin took a $7,000 distribution from his Roth IRA.
The first $5,000 of the distribution is a return of Justin's regular contribution and is not includible in his income.
The next $2,000 of the distribution is not includible in income because it was included previously.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#en_us_publink10006536To figure the taxable part of a distribution that is not a qualified distribution, complete Worksheet 23.
taxmap/pubs/p590018.htm#w15160x20 Worksheet 23. Figuring the Taxable Part of a Distribution (Other Than a Qualified Distribution) From a Roth IRA 1.  Enter the total of all distributions made from your Roth IRA(s) (other than qualified charitable distributions or a onetime distribution to fund an HSA) during the year  1.   2.  Enter the amount of qualified distributions made during the year  2.   3.  Subtract line 2 from line 1  3.   4.  Enter the amount of distributions made during the year to correct excess contributions made during the year. (Do not include earnings.)  4.   5.  Subtract line 4 from line 3  5.   6.  Enter the amount of distributions made during the year that were contributed to another Roth IRA in a qualified rollover contribution (other than a repayment of a qualified disaster recovery assistance or recovery assistance distribution)  6.   7.  Subtract line 6 from line 5  7.   8.  Enter the amount of all prior distributions from your Roth IRA(s) (other than qualified charitable distributions or a onetime distribution to fund an HSA) whether or not they were qualified distributions  8.   9.  Add lines 3 and 8  9.   10.  Enter the amount of the distributions included on line 8 that were previously includible in your income  10.   11.  Subtract line 10 from line 9  11.   12.  Enter the total of all your contributions to all of your Roth IRAs  12.   13.  Enter the total of all distributions made (this year and in prior years) to correct excess contributions. (Include earnings.)  13.   14.  Subtract line 13 from line 12. (If the result is less than 0, enter 0.)  14.   15.  Subtract line 14 from line 11. (If the result is less than 0, enter 0.)  15.   16.  Enter the smaller of the amount on line 7 or the amount on line 15. This is the taxable part of your distribution  16.  
