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Traditional after-tax IRA -> Roth IRA conversion easy?
Old 09-15-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Traditional after-tax IRA -> Roth IRA conversion easy?

I am sure it was asked before, but I am still not 100% clear on this.
I watched Suzi Orman today and she said it again (paraphrasing): "Contribute into traditional IRA and then convert it to Roth IRA".

So wondering again, is this that easy? Do I have a limit to contribute to traditional IRA? Does it depend on income? Are taxes involved if I have deferred IRA?

Have you done this? Please share your personal experiences.

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Old 09-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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You can contribute to a traditional IRA regardless of income. However there are deductibility limits based on income. Converting to a Roth is complicated if you have other IRA accounts like Rollover IRAs or Simple IRAs. So to answer your question, no, it's not always simple.

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Old 09-16-2013, 02:02 AM   #3
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There are contribution limits to TIRA........depends on age/income.
Deductibility depends on income, whether you/spouse are covered by retirement plan at work. Report non-deductible contributions (basis) and Roth conversions on Form 8606 when you file taxes. The form and instructions will guide you step by step through the process.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:10 AM   #4
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Yes, I have done it. This is done when your income limits prohibit you from funding a ROTH IRA directly. You open a non-deductible IRA (you don't need to to explain to anyone or fill out any forms that it's non deductible). You fund it to the irs limits ($5500 this year before any catch up contributions for you older folk). Then you either convert it to a roth, or roll it into an existing roth. If you have existing deductible IRAs, these need to be either converted at the same time (not great if you are in a high tax bracket) or roll them into an existing 401k. If you don't, you owe additional $$s on the conversion. There is a form at tax time that needs to be filled out as well.

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