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The Truth About Personal Finance (Collection) by Kay S. Bell, Steve Weisman

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Truth 6. Distributions from IRAs

According to the great Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, “No generalization is worth a damn, including this one.” Holmes was not talking about distributions from IRAs, but he could have been.

There are a number of generalizations about distributions from IRAs that are either confusing or downright wrong. Here are a couple of them.

Generalization 1: All distributions from traditional IRAs are taxable

Whether you are taxed on the distributions you take from your traditional IRA depends on whether you deducted your contributions to the traditional IRA. Although ...

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