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And as I mentioned in a previous message on this thread, it becomes all the more important for us to do if this new law passes and the kids will have to draw down their inherited IRA over 5-10 years,

I'm haven't taken a close look at the proposed law, but I would make sure to see if the RMDs in that law apply to only traditional IRAs or to both traditional and Roth IRAs. Even if you convert to Roth, they may need to withdraw over that 5-10 year period.

since we would much rather they get the money than Uncle $am. Run your numbers, look at the data on hand.

As far as Roth v Traditional, since you are planning to leave some portion to your children, make sure you look at your tax bracket today compared to the best guess of their tax bracket down the road. Given enough time between now and then, would they choose to retire shortly after inheriting? Or perhaps take a sabbatical from work? That could significantly decrease their tax bracket.

And don't forget to consider simply withdrawing the funds from the traditional IRA and moving them into a taxable investment account rather than converting the money to a Roth. Since you are planning on not using the funds and leaving them to your children, the step up in basis they receive could be serve to make most of the inheritance tax-free to them. And invested in long-term growth stocks that pay little or no dividends, there could be little or no tax impact to you while you hold the investments.

Just trying to toss a few ideas out there.

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