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Subject:  Re: Roth conversion in 98 or 99 Date:  3/13/1998  11:32 PM
Author:  tc001 Number:  2194 of 75880

<<Do I convert in 98, which will be a low agi,but next three years will be big agi's or do I wait until 99 and plan on a low agi (15%)?>>

In the first half of the question you imply that '99 would be a big AGI, but then say that by waiting to convert until '99 you would plan on a low AGI. Can you control your '99 income to be high or low? What am I missing here?

<<Is the tax on the converted IRA amount found by multiplying 15 times the amount for 99?>>

It would be 0.15 times income (or 15%), not 15 times income. BUT, that's only if you are certain ALL your income will be in the 15% bracket for 1999, which *must* include the total amount you are converting to a Roth (since it will be counted as income). Refer back to my confusion on the first question.

However, if you are sure that 1999 will be a low income year (nothing above the 15% bracket) and that 2000 and 2001 will be higher income years (28% bracket or higher), then it make sense not to convert in 1998 and pay the whole tax in 1999 at 15% rather than part of it at 28% or more.
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