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so, reading Dan Caplinger's article (http://www.fool.com/personal-finance/retirement/2008/10/28/a...) touting converting to roth while markets are down got me thinking about converting my trad ira again. specifically because i'd rather add the current battered balance to my agi than when it eventually goes back up.

however, i talked to my accountant today and she told me, if my balance is less than my original contributions (pretty sure it is - i'm 32 and have only been contributing for 4 or 5 years) i would have to add the original amount of my contributions to my agi, not the current balanc - since that's the original sheltered amount. can this be true? seems really crazy!
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captainjgc: "so, reading Dan Caplinger's article (http://www.fool.com/personal-finance/retirement/2008/10/28/a...) touting converting to roth while markets are down got me thinking about converting my trad ira again. specifically because i'd rather add the current battered balance to my agi than when it eventually goes back up.

however, i talked to my accountant today and she told me, if my balance is less than my original contributions (pretty sure it is - i'm 32 and have only been contributing for 4 or 5 years) i would have to add the original amount of my contributions to my agi, not the current balanc - since that's the original sheltered amount. can this be true? seems really crazy!"


I have never heard of such a thing, but I am no expert.

This is more of a tax question, and I suspect that you would get a better response if you re-post on that board; it is where all the real tax pros hang (though several of them also frequent other boards).

Regards, JAFO
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thanks, i will do that.
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