Periodically, the question arises of whether to convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Generally clients must ‘crunch the numbers’ to decide whether this makes financial sense. As with most tax calculations, there is no hard and fast rule for everyone. Several factors need to be considered. Some are easy to determine (your age, ability to pay the tax without retirement funds) and others are not so easy (rate of return on investments and effective tax rate in retirement)
Now that we are into the New Year, savvy investors holding real estate in traditional IRAs are assessing whether now is a good time to convert those IRAs to Roth IRAs. The main reason investors consider converting is to place those retirement plans in a better tax position. Keep in mind that earnings on Roth IRA investments grow tax free as opposed to just growing tax deferred as in the case of Traditional IRAs.