If you have a 401(k) with deferred taxes. Can I convert to a Roth IRA without paying deferred taxes when I roll over?
Generally speaking, the answer here is no. Generally, there is no way to completely avoid taxes on Roth conversions.Ultimately, Uncle Sam decides whether you perform a loss conversion, withdraw funds, or Minimum required distribution (RMD).
That said, just because you can’t dodge taxes entirely doesn’t mean you can’t reduce them. Here are some smart strategies for cutting taxes on Roth conversions. Consider working with a financial advisor.)
Strategies for reducing taxes on Roth conversions
To reduce the tax impact of rolling back your deferred tax account to Roth, consider the following:
Performing a Tax-Aware Partial Roth Transformation
one Strategies to reduce tax liability for Roth conversions Rollovers should be spaced out over several years. To use this strategy, convert just enough to push your total income into the limits of your current tax bracket without entering the next bracket. Consider working with a financial advisor.)
carry money forward to low tax years
For many people Golden time for Roth conversion Takes place in the years before retirement after retirement social security These can be relatively low-income years, and if you start converting during them, you might get a 3x benefit. These benefits are tax reduction, RMD reduction and future tax free growth.
Speaking of timing, if you think the tax rate will go up at the expected sunset, tax cuts and employment law Alternatively, due to political intrigue at the Capitol, making Ross’ conversion may be an option.
You can lock in your current tax rate and ride out future tax increases. Keep in mind that no one has a crystal ball. This strategy includes predictions about the future. (For more information on how the tax system affects retirement planning, see Consider working with a financial advisor.)
pay taxes wisely
Many experts recommend using non-retirement assets to pay taxes on Roth conversions. This is in contrast to withholding part of your severance pay to pay your bills. This allows you to move the maximum amount into your new Roth account and continue to grow tax-free.
Work with your financial advisor
financial advisor It may help you identify tax-minimizing opportunities and take a holistic view of your tax and retirement profile while adhering to an investment philosophy that fits your life stage.
A good advisor can talk to you about whether a Roth conversion makes sense at this point. He or she can also discuss alternatives such as converting his 401(k) of yours to a traditional IRA or transitioning to his IRA of a new employer. 401(k) Or do a partial conversion.
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Susannah Snider, CFP® is a financial planning columnist for SmartAsset, answering reader questions on the topic of personal finance. Have a question you want answered? Send an email to AskAnAdvisor@smartasset.com. Your question may be answered in a future column.
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