Financial Planning Fridays #53: Roth Conversions

This week we wanted to show you how Roth Conversions may save you taxes, potentially add a huge amount to your future wealth, and increase the chances to reach even more of your goals in retirement.

A Roth Conversion is when you move funds from your IRA to a new or existing Roth IRA. The funds will then grow tax free for your lifetime and then may even continue to grow tax free for up to 10 years for your beneficiaries after you pass away.

Although the transfer adds to your taxable income for the year, the plan is that by making this conversion at the right time, you will likely save on taxes in the future.

As part of this Roth conversion, you will owe ordinary income taxes on the portion that moves from your IRA to your Roth IRA, meaning this may not be right for everyone at any given moment. A few examples of ideal candidates who should consider this are:

  • A new retiree who is not yet taking required minimum distributions from their retirement accounts.
  • Someone who plans to make a large charitable donation that would offset some, or all, of the income from the Roth Conversion
  • Someone who believes that tax rates will increase in the future.

Let me walk you through an example using the first type of ideal candidate.

A 60-year-old couple retires and begins spending $200,000 per year in retirement. They each have $1 Million saved in a traditional IRA and $2 Million saved in a joint investment account.

If they convert $100,000 to a Roth IRA each year for the first 10 years of their retirement, and the tax rates stay the same, they would have saved approximately $600,000 in taxes by their 90th birthdays.

By keeping the 600,000 dollars invested, instead of paying it in taxes, their investments continue to grow and end up increasing their overall portfolio value by an additional $1.7 Million by their 90th birthdays.

This can be an enormous amount to either spend in retirement or pass on to your beneficiaries.

We are always happy to discuss this with you and to model a potential Roth Conversion in your financial plan to see the impact it may have on your family’s financial future.

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