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Why a Roth Conversion May Be a Bad Idea Even If Taxes Are Higher in the Future
Michael Kitces in Nerd's Eye View Link to more items from this source
Aug. 20, 2014
"[T]he simple reality is that there are many paths to higher tax burdens in the future that don't necessarily involve higher marginal tax rates on IRA withdrawals. Which means ultimately, advisors should be very cautious about doing Roth conversions -- especially conversions at rates that are 33% or higher -- and the best possible thing to do with a pre-tax IRA may simply be to continue to hold it, and wait for tax burdens to increase... because when paired with a compression of tax brackets that leads to lower marginal tax rates, not converting to a Roth could actually be one of the best long-run tax savings strategies around!"

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