Submitted By: James
Answered: November 26, 2013 8:30 am

I’m 72 years old and do not work. Can I convert my traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?

Yes. Even though there is an age limit for making deductible IRA contributions, there is no age limit for making a conversion from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. There is no need to have earned income in the year in which the conversion is made. Of course, income resulting from the conversion must be recognized, which could impact whether and to what extent Social Security benefits are includible in gross income.

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Tax Glossary

Individual retirement account (IRA)

A retirement account to which up to $4,000 (or $5,000 if you are 50 or over) may be contributed for 2007, but deductions for the contribution are restricted if you are covered by a company retirement plan. Earnings accumulate tax free.

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