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Subject: Re: Roth IRA transfer Date: 4/24/1998 8:21 PM
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>I am considering moving a 6 figure IRA to a Roth IRA,
>paying income taxes on gains now vs. 14 years from
>now when I access money. Reason for this is I expect
>minimum income tax rate in 98. Sooo, what say you
>fools. I dont know whether to pay Uncle Sam now at 15
>percent tax on gains or pay in 14 years at who knows
>what! Input is much appreciated.

Hm. I may be mistaken, but I think that when you convert a regular IRA to a Roth IRA, the converted amount is treated like regular income. So when you convert that 6-figure amount, either you get six figures' worth of extra income in 1998-- which would probably put you over the income limit for doing a Roth conversion-- or you take a fourth of that as income in each of 1998-2001, which will most likely put you out of the 15% bracket.

YMMV, and TMFPixy may have something to say, but I'd advise you to talk this over carefully with a competent tax dude before you proceed. You can make this switch any time through Dec. 31, and the tax consequences will be more or less the same...
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