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Author: andy2003 One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121572  
Subject: Can I use a capital loss to offset Roth tax? Date: 11/11/2003 4:05 PM
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I just took a long-term capital loss on some old tech stock, and I have approx. $9k in a traditional IRA that I'd like to convert to a Roth. This is a rollover from a 401k so I never deducted any contributions to this IRA. I'm in the 27% tax bracket so my conversion taxes would be ~$2430. Can I use the capital loss to offset those taxes, or can capital losses only be used to offset capital gains or regular income?
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Subject: Re: Can I use a capital loss to offset Roth tax? Date: 11/11/2003 4:43 PM
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"I just took a long-term capital loss on some old tech stock, and I have approx. $9k in a traditional IRA that I'd like to convert to a Roth. This is a rollover from a 401k so I never deducted any contributions to this IRA. I'm in the 27% tax bracket so my conversion taxes would be ~$2430. Can I use the capital loss to offset those taxes, or can capital losses only be used to offset capital gains or regular income?"
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Your Roth conversion actually is regular taxable income, you just don't get the cash. So you can use $3,000 of your capital losses this year, absent any gains, and carry over the balance to future years. Which is true either way, without regard to the IRA transaction.





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