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<<<<Literally, because Congress is the Mommy and Congress says so. IRS confirms in Publication 502.>>>>

"lol. Thanks. I thought that would be how it worked, but I wanted to be certain. But just in case I land a job, I'll keep my cobra receipts."

It seems like a waste of standard deduction and personal exemptions and the low initial bracket; any chance of manufacturing income - by saying converting part of a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA - to take advantage of the income tax rules?

Might be a planning opportunity.

Regards, JAFO
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