Traditional IRA and Roth IRA Sacramento CA

Given the significant market downturn it may not be a bad time to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in Sacramento. Right now, anyone with modified adjusted gross income of less than $100,000 a year (individual or joint income) can convert a traditional IRA account to a Roth IRA. Higher-income Americans are scheduled to get the same break in 2010.

Michael Chamberlain
Chamberlain Financial Planning LLC
(800) 347-1340
777 Campus Commons Road Suite 200
Sacramento, CA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Kevin Young
Young Wealth Management
(916) 418-0375
3814 Auburn Blvd., Suite #70
Sacramento, CA
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Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA, MBA

Daniel Leahy
Pennington Financial Group
(916) 635-5858
11246 Gold Express Drive, Suite 102
Gold River, CA
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRTP

Walter Romatowski
Castellan Financial Advisors
(916) 663-6338
919 Reserve Dr., Suite 105
Roseville, CA
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Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CMA, MBA

Gerald Gasber
Gasber Financial Advisors, Inc.
(916) 985-2594
81 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 250
Folsom, CA
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Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CFS, CIMA, CIMC

Cindy Adams
Adams Financial Consulting
(916) 925-3500
650 University Ave, Ste 115
Sacramento, CA
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Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Scott Draper
Pennington Financial Group
(916) 635-5858
11246 Gold Express Drive, Suite 102
Gold River, CA
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Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Advising Medical Professionals, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Kevin Young
Young Wealth Management
(530) 231-5152
502 Mace Blvd. Suite #5
Davis, CA
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA, MBA

Michael Lynch
Lynch Financial Advisors
(916) 772-3103
1700 Eureka Rd, Suite 155
Roseville, CA
Expertises
Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Advising Entrepreneurs, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, MBA, Other

James Johnson
Lighthouse Financial Planning, LLC
(916) 932-7200
101 Parkshore Drive, Suite 100
Folsom, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Traditional IRA and Roth IRA

Given the significant market downturn it may not be a bad time to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Right now, anyone with modified adjusted gross income of less than $100,000 a year (individual or joint income) can convert a traditional IRA account to a Roth IRA. Higher-income Americans are scheduled to get the same break in 2010.

Remember that when you do a conversion, you must pay income tax on the amount you are converting, which can be all of the funds in the traditional IRA or just a portion of those assets. But, subject to certain restrictions, you won’t pay tax when you finally need to withdraw your money. That’s where the silver lining comes in for you or for your heirs if you pass that money on to them.

Take another look at your statements and how much your investments are down. Assuming that the markets perform historically and fight their way back, your tax-free amount available for withdrawal could accumulate significantly under that Roth status.

Things to consider:

1) Time to retirement matters: If you have more than five years until you plan to withdraw your retirement funds, conversion of traditional IRA assets to a Roth IRA might make sense. The longer the time span where earnings can grow tax deferred, the greater the benefit of being able to withdraw those earnings without paying tax on them.

2) Your tax rate at retirement is important: Many people, such as business owners, may be paying taxes now at a fairly low rate. So they might pay higher taxes at retirement. If that’s the case, converting to a Roth might make a lot of sense. Additionally, with Social Security benefits being taxable at certain income levels, Roth IRAs can allow you to limit or eliminate such taxes.

3) A Roth conversion can be expensive: You’ll have to pay taxes on contributions that you previously deducted, as well as taxes on the accumulated earnings. Also, you need to be aware that conversion could push you into a higher tax bracket, especially if you’ve accumulated sizeable earnings over the years. This is why a conversion needs to be planned with a tax expert. Why? It may trigger the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) due to those high earnings.

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