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hello, i'm new to the board. i have a roth ira question. may i convert my 401k from a job a quit last year into a roth ira in 1998? I made under $95k in 97 and i will make under $95k in 98 (i think) but i made more than $100k annually during the years that i contributed to the 401k and i may make more that $100k in 1999. do these factors matter?
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[[hello, i'm new to the board. i have a roth ira question. may i convert my 401k from a job a quit last
year into a roth ira in 1998?]]

Not directly...but you can take your 401k funds and place them into an IRA rollover account. Then, if you otherwise qualify, you can them make the Roth conversion.

[[ I made under $95k in 97 and i will make under $95k in 98 (i think) but
i made more than $100k annually during the years that i contributed to the 401k and i may make
more that $100k in 1999. do these factors matter?]]

Your income in 1998 is the only amount that matters. If it is over $100k, you will not be qualified for conversion purposes, and will be restricted in making the Roth IRA conversion.

For additional information on Roth IRA issues, check out my post in the Taxes FAQ area.

TMF Taxes
Roy

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