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Old 01-23-2007, 07:03 PM   #1
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Quick Tax Question -- SEP Without Deduction Benefit

Last year was the last year that I had earned income, and I can contribute about $1500 to my SEP-IRA for 2006. However, my tax will be so low, that the contribution will have no effect on my tax.

So, the question is: do I contribute anyway? I'd get the benefit of tax-free compounding. I have enough dough that I can make it to 59.5 without withdrawals. I don't care about RMD's. My tax rate will be pretty low for a while.

I'd like to decide before tomorrow morning.

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Re: Quick Tax Question -- SEP Without Deduction Benefit
Old 01-23-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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Re: Quick Tax Question -- SEP Without Deduction Benefit

Do you do a Roth contribution?
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Re: Quick Tax Question -- SEP Without Deduction Benefit

Yes, Roth is maxed out. I'll be converting lots of the SEP-IRA money to Roths in the future, but there's plenty there for conversion.
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Re: Quick Tax Question -- SEP Without Deduction Benefit

I guess the basic thing is this: I will get tax-free compounding, but for at least 7 of those years (between now and age 59.5), my tax rate will be low. I'll be withdrawing it when my tax rate is higher. So, it's probably not worth it.
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Yeah, I'd skip it. Or do it and then convert it to a Roth next year when you don't have earned income.
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Yes, I decided to skip it. Thanks. I already have lots of money available for converting to Roth.
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