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[[first of all, thank you very much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with the
Foolish community.]]

Thanks for the kind words...

[[ I converted part of my traditional IRA to a ROTH
in 1998 (aprox $100,000).]]


[[ In part 4 of your 5 part series on ROTH IRA redux (written Dec 18, 1998):
down near the bottom under IRS ordering rules I have a question regarding
example #4 (Roy converting $80,000).
In that example you state "of the $80,000 converted,
only $60,000 represent earnings that are subject to taxes. (spread out over the 4
years @$15,000 per yr)"

How does one determine non-deductable contributions
(in this case $20,000) ??]]

When you make your conversion, you complete Part II of IRS Form 8606. In this section, you are required to identify and report your "basis" in your IRA conversion. This amount will not be subject to tax.

And you'll generally get your "basis" information from your prior years Forms 8606...where you have been keeping track of your non-deductible contributions over the past years.

[[ I was planning on having to pay taxes on 100% of
the amount I converted from traditional to ROTH
(in my case aprox $100,000) I would certainly be interested reducing this
amount by $20-25000 !
Can you elaborate ?]]

Again, you can only "reduce" your conversion tax if you have made non-deductible contrutions in the past. If you have not, all of your conversion amount would be taxable.

Hope this helps...
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