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Subject:  Re: Roth IRA Recharacterization Date:  9/15/2013  9:07 AM
Author:  Wradical Number:  119144 of 121592

Vanguard says I must obtain a recharacterization from Schwab for the period the Roth funds were at Schwab, which is understandable. But the folks at Schwab promise action and do nothing.
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Is there any legal or IRS requirement that the recharacterization information must come from Schwab? What I am considering is I collect the data for the period the funds were held at Schwab and fill out the Vanguard forms.
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Ultimately the responsibility falls on you. There is no requirement that you have a third-party calculation of the recharacterization. It seems to me that there's only one number you need from Schwab--the value of the Roth account before the conversion. The confirmation of the conversion should have that, or what you need to back into it.

What am I missing?

Phil
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I think what's being missed (by all involved, except maybe Vanguard) is that what Schwab has to do is make a memo entry in their records to record the fact of the recharacterization of the Roth account back to a trad. IRA. That much is needed, and nothing more. They no longer have the funds there, so it probably seems like a strange request.

Would have been better to transfer funds first, and then do the Roth conversion at Vanguard.

Bill
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