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[[Now it makes sense. I called Brown again and made the point that there's no difference as far as
the IRS is concerned if the fee comes from a taxable account I have at Brown or from a check
designated that it's not a contribution but just to cover the conversion fee. The phone drone put me
on hold for a while (I assume to consult with the High Muckety-Mucks) and when he came back
he said that would be OK. So now I can pay the fee by check and not have it count as a

Glad they finally saw the light...

[[ Another blow struck for common sense!]]

It doesn't happen often, but it's real sweet when it does. But, it's almost tough to blame the brokers. The IRS has confused this issue so much that they are just trying to hang on by their fingernails.

But I'm glad to see that you got YOUR problem solved.

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