Submitted By: Reginald
Answered: March 11, 2016 12:31 pm

I received disability income that was reported on a W-2. Can I fund a Roth IRA based on this income?

Long-term disability income that you receive prior to the minimum retirement age under your employer’s plan and that is shown as taxable compensation in box 1 of Form W-2 is treated as earned income for purposes of contributing to an IRA or Roth IRA. Excludable disability income and Social Security benefits payable for disability are not treated as earned income for purposes of funding a Roth IRA.

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Tax Glossary

Statutory employees

Certain employees, such as full-time life insurance salespersons, who may report income and deductions on Schedule C, rather than on Schedule A as miscellaneous itemized deductions.

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