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rjm111: "Thanks for the replies - I obviously have more research to do. Btw, I wasn't planning on paying the tax w/ the IRA, rather just trying to calc net to net for comparison purposes."

I do not think that you can accurately use that short-cut. If you pay taxes with funds outside the IRA, then those are funds that would either generate ordinary income or LTCG. All the funds with the IRA would compound tax-free and, because you were discussing a Roth IRA, would come out of the Roth IRA tax free (at least under current rules).

Regards, JAFO
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