Podcast: To Roth or Not to Roth in the Current Environment

April 24, 2020

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With changes to Roth planning due to TCJA, the SECURE Act, and now the CARES Act and market volatility resulting from COVID-19, it’s important to consider whether Roth conversions would be optimal to help your clients reach their long- term goals. In this episode, Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS, shares the nuances to consider when making decisions on whether to advise clients to convert to a Roth:

  • Should your clients use their 2020 waived RMD dollars to fill up their lower tax brackets with a Roth conversion?
  • What are the four principle reasons to convert to a Roth?
  • How do Social Security and Medicare benefits factor into planning with Roth conversions?
  • When should you consider life insurance rather than a Roth IRA?
  • What strategies should you consider if your client is in a state estate tax scenario?

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