Some confusion out there about Roth changes. The following are effective in 2010….
The tax that has to be paid when you CONVERT a REGULAR IRA to a ROTH IRA can be paid either
- all in 2010
- all in 2011
- OR 1/2 in 2011 and 1/2 in 2012
Additionally, the limits on Roth contributions do not exist for 2010.
It would seem like a good deal to wait and pay 1/2 in 2011 and the other half in 2012 BUT that may not be the best answer. We anticipate the highest marginal tax rate will go up (anybody want to bet it don’t?) in the next two years. That means the same amount of income might be taxed as at higher rate.
It could be taxed at a higher rate because you are going to have a better year and your tax situation calls for a higher rate than the one you are in now… regardless of the increase in tax rates.
Also, if you have Net Operating Losses in either 2010 or 2011, these may be used to offset the tax on the conversion and it worth more in 2010 than in 2011 or 2012.
That’s alot of concenses tax info on Conversions to Roth. If you have any questions, please post a comment on this blog, or contact us at USATaxHelp.com.
Happy New Year!