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Greetings, THUE, and welcome. You asked:

<<I send in an application to convert my traditional IRA to a Roth IRA account in December 1998 but my brokerage due to an overload of these applications did not get mine processed and recorded in 1998. Can I do a tax payment of the converted amount over a four year period based on the submittal date of my application or do I now lose this option because the conversion was not processed and recorded in 1998 by my brokerage?>>

Yes, you do. Unless the old IRA money was distributed from that IRA on or before 12/31/98 for a Roth conversion, then you cannot use the four-year rule for the declaration of income from that conversion. In your case, that didn't happen, so you cannot use the four-year spread of income.

Regards….Pixy

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