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Thanks AJ!

I was reading the 8606 the other day but got lost on the "add line x and y, enter that number here, subtract this, enter this now..." I guess I have to plug in actual numbers.

You said: If you have Traditional IRAs that have pre-tax money (contributions or gains) in them, then all conversions must be pro-rated.

I need to understand pro-rating since my spouse's IRA has pre-tax money. The intent is to convert the whole account, not just a portion. The problem, in my mind, is how do I deal with it next year? If I make the 2010 contribution now and convert before filling, do I report the value of the account (line 6) as $0 next year? Will that complicate things?

- zol
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