Can my spouse and I convert our IRAs to Roth IRAs regardless of earned income?

By Denise Appleby AAA
A:

You may be eligible to convert your Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA regardless of whether you have earned income. However, if your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds $100,000, you are not eligible for a Roth conversion. If you meet the following conditions, you are eligible to convert your assets to a Roth IRA:

1. Your modified AGI is not more than $100,000.
2. You are not a married individual filing a separate return.

For Roth IRA purposes, your AGI as shown on your return is modified as follows:

1. Subtract any income resulting from the conversion of your IRA to your Roth IRA (conversion income).

2. Add the following deductions and exclusions:

  1. Traditional IRA deduction
  2. Student loan interest deduction
  3. Tuition and fees deduction
  4. Foreign-earned income exclusion
  5. Foreign housing exclusion or deduction
  6. Exclusion of qualified bond interest shown on Form 8815
  7. Exclusion of employer-paid adoption expenses shown on Form 8839

To determine your AGI, please refer to IRS Form 1040.

To learn more, read Did Your Roth IRA Conversion Pass Or Fail?

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