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[[the conversion rules on the roth ira limit participation in 1998 if the married couple has an income >
100000. If I can postpone some of the 1998 income into 1999, (forcing 1998 income < 100000)
will it now make the roth conversion eligible? ]] long as your AGI is less than $100k in the year of conversion, you're good to go.

[[also, considering that 1998 is a 'special' year for the
conversion to be spread over the next four years, would all four years have to remain < 100000?]]

Nope. Once you meet the "under $100k" rules for the year of conversion, all other bets are off, and future income becomes immaterial (unless, of couse, you want to make a NEW conversion in that future year...then the $100k rule would come back into play).

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