While no one likes to pay taxes, how would it be to pay taxes one time, and grow investments into the future with no tax ever again? Under current low tax rates, investors have a unique opportunity to pay the inevitable tax on Traditional IRA, SEP IRA, and Rollover IRA assets at a lower rate once and for all.
Think of it this way. Every year earnings in IRAs must eventually be split with the Federal and State governments. How would it be to dump that obligation? Today it can be done at historically low tax rates, plus have all future ROTH IRA earnings escape taxes completely. How is this possible?
Simply pay taxes one time by converting IRA assets to Roth.
Current tax rates are historically low. In IRAs each dollar earned must be taxed, losing 25 cents or so depending on the taxpayer’s relevant tax bracket. In a Roth, each dollar earned pays no tax. This means, for example, that instead of earning a dollar and having 75 cents or so after tax, a Roth IRA delivers 100 cents with no tax. That’s 133% more money!
The sooner this happens the better. However, if the IRA has substantial dollars, converting an entire account may cause a tax rate in the highest tax bracket. Instead, smaller annual conversions may keep taxes in the 24% bracket or lower. This way in a few years, all assets may be converted to Roth. Plus, Roth IRAs have no required minimum distribution [RMD] requirements.
This seems like an obvious good strategy. However, most CPAs and tax preparers rarely suggest this strategy. Despite the clear logic of long-term tax reduction and enhanced accumulation of retirement funds, tax preparers are programmed to lower taxes. For them to intentionally pay more tax, just feels wrong.
Nevertheless, if there is money to pay the tax, this may be the ultimate long-term retirement income tax reduction strategy.
Learn more about Roth conversions by contacting a Wealth Advisor at HARRIS & ASSOCIATES
CONTACT: Jennifer Pangelinan
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