DEFINITION of 'Reconversion'

A method used by individuals to minimize the tax burden of converting an IRA by recharacterizing Roth IRA-converted amounts back to a Traditional IRA and then converting these assets back to a Roth IRA again. Be aware that the IRS released regulations in 1999 placing limits on reconversions.

BREAKING DOWN 'Reconversion'

Investors who want to reconvert to a Roth IRA must wait until the beginning of the new tax year following the tax year they recharacterized or a minimum of 30 days after the recharacterization is completed, whichever is later. For example, if you recharacterized a conversion contribution on December 15, 209, you would not be able to reconvert until January 15, 2010. If you reconvert prior to these limits, the reconversion will be deemed a failed conversion by the IRS, and if not corrected may result in an excess contribution to the Roth IRA.

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