My firm’s job is to help clients with asset protection strategies. There are two main threats to your wealth; government interference and litigation. Under the government interference category falls taxation. One of our objectives is to help clients minimize taxation and therefore we provide you with useful information that can benefit you in your goal of asset protection.
The federal government’s extreme misuse of taxpayer dollars may very well work out to be a huge opportunity for many. Because of the astronomical deficits, the IRS has given one year opportunity for anyone to convert their IRA to a ROTH IRA. I won’t go into details about the differences between them as you are either aware of it, or have access to a computer and can google it yourself.
Up until 2010, if you earned more than $100,000 per year, you were not allowed to convert to a ROTH. This restriction is lifted for 2010 only. Why would the government do this you may ask? Short term tax revenues in a midterm election year, of course. They are sacrificing long term tax revenue for short term gain. If you have $100,000 in your IRA and convert to a ROTH, you will pay income taxes on the tax basis, for arguments sake, lets say you will pay $30,000. Then your $70,000 can grow tax free forever and you can take distributions tax free.
As an added benefit, you don’t even have to pay the $30,000 in taxes in 2010. You can make payments in 2011 and 2012. Essentially the IRS is hoping many people convert in order to raise tax revenue over the next 3 years in lieu of the higher taxes they would collect when you reach retirement age. I would highly suggest you seriously consider this option and talk it over with your CPA.