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My question concerns distinguishing Roth 'contribution' earnings from Roth 'conversion'
earnings for purposes of a '98 Roth recharacterization.

I made a '98 Roth contribution of $2,000 in July, 1998.

In December '98 I converted a trad. IRA to Roth. Those converted funds went into the same
account as the '98 Roth contribution.

I now wish to recharacterize *only* the conversion amount. The broker says I have to tell it what
earnings *not* to recharacterize -- i.e., the earnings on the 'contribution' amount.

How do I do that?

The contribution amount ($2,000) remained as cash until after it was mingled with the
conversion funds and was eventually used in the purchase of stock. Since any stock purchase I
subsequently made exceeded $2,000 any stock transaction which can be interpreted as having
used the 'contribution' funds was part 'contribution' funds and part 'conversion' funds.

I'm at a loss as to how to provide the broker with the separate 'contribution' earnings information
it says it requires.

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