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Thanks for your reply Phil;

as to your suggestion that I just continue to take the RMDs . . wouldn't I end up paying more in taxes on the additional earnings over the next 20-30+ years? particularly if I needed to take a large distribution at some time? than if I just paid the taxes now and kept future earnings tax free. Obviously I AM missing something here. Maybe I don't understand traditional IRAs as well as I thought?

could you elaborate on the tax pros/cons


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