Friday, November 20, 2009

Upcoming Tax Season Provides Unique Tax Savings Opportunities through Roth IRA Conversions

/PRNewswire/ -- A change in the federal tax law, effective January 1, 2010, will permit Roth IRA conversions for taxpayers at all income levels. In the past, this option was only available to those with an adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less.

"Taxpayers may now convert part, or all of their assets from a traditional IRA into a tax free Roth IRA," says Kevin McCormack, President of Pension Parameters Financial Services.

"While many individuals and businesses are carefully scrutinizing their budgets, creating a Roth and taking advantage of a unique opportunity this year and next, and in some cases, even borrowing money to cover an investment like a conversion today, can pay off."

Details related to the change include:
-- Any portion of a traditional IRA may be converted
-- Conversion to a Roth IRA in 2010 allows for a 50-50 income tax split
for the 2011 and 2012 tax years - and the split is only applicable if
you convert in 2010
-- Though account balances have decreased in the past 18 months, the
upside is that reduced balances will lower conversion tax and yield
the potential to recover in a tax-free account
-- With tax rates at an historical low, converting to a Roth IRA in 2010
may help protect retirement assets should tax rates rise

Pension Parameters has been helping self-employed individuals and small business owners with retirement plan development and investment management since the 1970s. The company is known for its customized retirement plans and extensive follow-up with clients. McCormack states, "Unlike many pension plan managers, we do not simply collect monies and set up the plan and invest. When we see market changes, our market manager personally calls each client to recommend the right move to make."

According to McCormack, those establishing their first company retirement plans are often confused about their options such as a 401(k) plan, which allow owners and employees to make contributions through pre-tax payroll deductions, or a defined benefit plan, which may allow a business owner to make the highest possible annual contribution to his or her retirement account. Pension Parameters lately has been recommending new comparability plans, a profit-sharing option that allows certain businesses to make discretionary contributions to a qualified plan.

A Roth IRA ultimately saves tax dollars as well. Since you have already paid the tax upfront when establishing the account, the need to pay tax later is eliminated. The money you make in a Roth IRA will all be yours (or your heirs) in the end, not the government's.

Pension Parameters Financial Services is a New York and New Jersey based full service 401(k) plan provider including investment advisory and management services for the small business market. For more information regarding Pension Parameters or Roth IRA savings opportunities call: 212-675-9360 or visit them on the web at

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