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    Sep 13 12

    Roth IRA Conversions – Act Now

    Newport Beach Law Firm

    In 2010, the conditions were
    ideal for converting traditional IRAs into Roth accounts. Previous restrictions
    on conversions had been removed, and income triggered by conversions was taxed
    at relatively low rates. Today, we are once again looking at excellent
    conditions for Roth conversions.

    It can be hard not to sound like
    a broken record, but it’s also hard to let important messages fade away without
    one more reminder. Such is the case with Roth IRA conversions.

    If you were actively planning in
    2010 and the years since, then you’ve heard much about the power of Roth IRA
    conversions. Guess what … Roth IRA conversions are still remarkable and
    tax-smart.

    A recent article in MarketWatch, titled “Roth IRA conversions: Still tax-smart,”
    extolls the virtues of the conversion strategy and the math behind it. A Roth
    IRA works like a backwards IRA by allowing you to pay the tax upfront rather
    than delaying it until later, as with a traditional IRA. Moreover, a
    traditional IRA can be converted to a Roth within certain restrictions.

    This is a retirement planning
    tool, but it also can also become a powerful estate and gift planning tool.
    While an IRA can always be left to beneficiaries, every dollar withdrawn is
    subject to ordinary income taxation. Distributions from an inherited Roth IRA,
    on the other hand, are taken without any income tax bill. That’s pretty
    powerful.

    The important and timely message
    is that all of the relevant conversion rules and taxes are at fairly gentle
    levels for the remainder of 2012, but the future beyond that is uncertain.
    Accordingly, you should act now if you want to take advantage of this window of
    opportunity before it closes.

    Contact Meier Law Firm to discss all of your estate planning options.

    Reference: MarketWatch
    (August 28, 2012) “Roth IRA conversions: Still tax-smart




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