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Sure it sounds easy to pospone paying retirement taxes till you retire! But if you put the $2000 per year in a Roth and take your small tax lump now, think of how that compounds taxfree for ever and ever. Have you any idea how much state and federal tax you will be liable for when it comes time to take that money out of your conventional IRA? I've been there, and had to take more money out the IRA to pay the tax on the withdrawal and more money to pay the tax on the money I drew out to pay the tax, and so on! Don't get on a tax treadmill. Pay now - eat well later - - Matthew
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