6 Reasons You Should NOT Do a Roth Conversion

Roth IRAs come with some great tax advantages, but converting a traditional IRA to a Roth doesn’t make sense for everyone.

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With the end of 2020 approaching, many people will turn their sights toward year-end tax planning. A hot topic for high-income individuals and couples is whether to convert a traditional individual retirement account (IRA) into a Roth IRA. While there is no shortage of guidance available from financial advisers and accountants to help identify where a Roth IRA conversion makes sense, there are also plenty of scenarios where it doesn’t.

A benefit of a Roth conversion is that it can allow you to pay taxes on traditional IRA assets now instead of later if you expect to be subject to a higher marginal tax rate down the road. By paying the income tax now, your contributions and earnings grow tax-free into the future inside the Roth IRA.


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Patricia Sklar, CPA, CFP®, CFA®
Wealth Adviser, CI Brigthworth

Patricia Sklar is a wealth adviser at CI Brightworth, an Atlanta wealth management firm. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.  Sklar uses her CPA and investment background to help develop and implement financial planning strategies for high-net-worth and high-income earning individuals.