Cappy: Converting your IRA to a Roth IRA account is dependent on several factors. The top one is your total current income for the year. We recommend that clients talk to their accountant to complete a projection to see the tax ramifications of a roth conversion. If you are in a high marginal bracket, the taxes on the conversion may be prohibtive. If you expect to be in a lower bracket once your wife retires, that may be the time to evaluate the conversion again.
Cappy: What do you perceive the advantages are for a ROTH conversion? Usually, a little time (10 years) helps make the conversion analysis look like a good idea.
Cappy: Also keep in mind that a conversion could bump up federal AND state tax rates in a given year.
Patrick, you have to roll it to a traditional IRA first and then convert it to a ROTH.
Patrick: Yes, but it is considered a taxable event.
Cappy, VERY, VERY rarely is it advantageous to file married filing separate.
My thanks to Kiplinger for hosting this online event.
Kittymomma, I told you I've been waiting for rates to go up since the early 2000s. I say start now, do it over time, and stay away from very long term bonds as they will suffer the most from rate increases
KittMomma: I actually just was at a conference yesterday where they presented a survey of how many experts on Wall Street predicted rates correctly in a future year, and the percentage was in the single digits for most years! None of us can predict when and where rates will go (just like we can't predict the stock market).
Cappy, tell your friends and family about it. And check back for info on the September event.
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