Should I Convert to a Roth IRA?

A Roth IRA is a great way for you to create tax-free income from your retirement assets. Yet, keep in mind that when you convert your taxable retirement assets into a Roth IRA, you will generally pay ordinary income tax on the taxable amount that is converted. The conversion amount is not subject to the 10% early distribution penalty. Your tax-free potential is maximized if you pay the taxes from your current income or personal savings and not from your IRA. Beginning in 2010, individuals of all income levels are now eligible to convert to a Roth IRA.
Assumptions
Current age 
Age when income should start 
Number of years to receive income 
Before-tax return on savings (accumulation phase) (%)help
Before-tax return on savings (distribution phase) (%)help
Income tax bracket (accumulation phase) (%)help
Income tax bracket (distribution phase) (%)help
Current IRA balance ($) 
Non-Deductible portion of IRA balance ($) 
How will you pay the conversion tax?
1) Pay taxes from non-IRA assets
2) Pay taxes from proceeds of Roth conversion
 
   
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