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I was under the impression that I or the brokerage was going to have to get into the nitty gritty of figuring out the value of the IRAs when they were opened and the value of them at conversion to tax the difference, which would be daunting if I had to find old paper records,as electronic records only go back so far depending on the brokerage. Is this impression correct?

Do you have after tax IRA contributions that weren't reported on an 8606? An 8606 with the cumulative after tax IRA contributions should have been filed every year.

If the only after tax IRA contributions are the current year, all you need is the total value of the IRAs on December 31th.
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