Hidden Value: Roth IRA Conversions, How Much Is Too Much?

Lauren Laferla, PR & Content Marketing Manager
January 9, 2019


Hidden Value is a column in ThinkAdvisor where Joe Elsasser, CFP®, answers common questions with insights advisors and their clients may not have considered. This week he highlights the importance of evaluating Medicare surcharges and beneficiaries' future tax brackets when considering a Roth conversion. 

 Here's an excerpt:

"The tax overhaul passed in 2017 significantly lowered marginal income tax rates for most people, and many advisors are now evaluating Roth conversions for their clients. However, while it seems like the deliberation is whether or not to convert the entirety of an IRA balance to a Roth, I would suggest the right question is how much should I convert to Roth? And don’t forget the related question: How much is too much?"

Advisors can help their clients avoid potential hazards and make an educated decision by quantifying the single-year impact of various conversion strategies.

Read the article in its entirety

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