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<<should I just leave that money alone? Leave it in, separate from the new Roth IRA that I'm starting? It's only about 5,000. >>

Each case is different and depends on your personal circumstances, how you'll pay the taxes due, how long the funds will stay in the Roth, and a whole host ofother issues. You have to make that decision. To see how you can approach the issue and some of the considerations involved, read this link:

I believe you will find it helpful.

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