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If the estate will incur estate taxes then converting to a ROTH has the advantage of decreasing estate taxes. Prepaying income taxes decreases the estate taxable amount.

At least for Federal estate taxes, I doubt that pre-paying the taxes by doing Roth conversions would help much, unless the owners wanted to go way into the 37% bracket. Federal estate taxes don't kick in until $11.4MM if single, and $22.8MM if MFJ.

AJ
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