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Roth IRA Rollover Calculator

Use this Roth IRA rollover calculator to project the inflation-adjusted after-tax value of your Traditional IRA (or 401k) at retirement versus the inflation-adjusted tax-free value of the same funds at retirement if you roll them over into your Roth IRA.

To get the most accurate projections, experiment with different rollover amounts, taxable percentages, and/or expected tax rates. And keep in mind that rolling over a large amount might put you in a higher tax bracket.

      Roth IRA Rollover Calculator  
      Current IRA Balance $  
      Taxable % of IRA    
      Expected Rate of Return    
      Inflation Rate    
      Current Tax Rate    
      Expected Tax Rate In    
      Current Age    
      Retirement Age    
      After-Tax Traditional IRA $  
      Balance at Retirement      
      Roth IRA Balance at $  


    How To Use The Roth IRA Rollover Calculator

    Simply fill out the fields in the Roth IRA rollover calculator featured above, using a value for each of the following items:

    • Current IRA Balance
    • Taxable Percentage of IRA
    • Expected Rate of Return
    • Inflation Rate
    • Current Tax Rate
    • Expected Tax Rate in Retirement
    • Current Age, and
    • Retirement Age

    Not sure what these terms mean? Not sure what numbers to put in?

    Use the section below as a guide for your Roth IRA rollover calculations.

    Then, as you fill in each field with numbers customized to your situation, the calculator will automatically update to reveal your projected inflation-adjusted after-tax Traditional IRA retirement balance so you can compare it to your inflation-adjusted tax-free Roth IRA rollover retirement balance.

    Roth IRA Rollover Calculator Terms

    Below is an explanation of each calculator term:

    Current IRA Balance
    This is the current balance in your Traditional IRA (or 401k depending on the type of account you're rolling over) which you plan to roll over into your Roth IRA.

    Need an example?

    Let's say, you intend to roll over $50,000 from your Traditional IRA to your Roth IRA.

    If so, then put $50,000 in the "Current IRA Balance" field.

    Taxable Percentage of IRA
    This is the percentage of your Traditional IRA which is taxable following the rollover.

    The default is set to 100% because most Traditional IRAs consist of tax deductible contributions and earnings.

    However, in some cases, you might make non-deductible Traditional IRA contributions. These contributions are NOT taxable following a rollover because you've already paid taxes on them.

    For example, let's say you want to rollover $100,000 - $40,000 in tax deductible contributions, $40,000 in non-deductible contributions, and $20,000 in investment gains.

    In such a scenario, 40% ($40,000 of $100,000) of your rollover funds are comprised on non-deductible contributions, meaning only 60% of your rollover funds are taxable.

    Therefore, you should put 60% in the "Taxable Percentage of IRA" field.

    Expected Rate of Return
    This is the annual compound rate of return you anticipate receiving on your retirement savings. This will vary from person to person based investing strategy, fees, types of investments, and other factors.

    However, since most people invest their retirement savings in stocks, the default is set to 10.85% - the annual compound rate of return on the S&P 500 from 1959 to 2003.

    If you expect a higher or lower rate of return, adjust accordingly.

    Inflation Rate
    This is the annual rate of inflation you project for the timeframe in which your retirement savings is invested.

    It's important that you don't underestimate the rate of inflation since it will eat away at the purchasing power of your savings over time.

    The default rate is set at 4.1% - the approximate annual rate of inflation over the past seven decades.

    However, if you're more conservative, you might want to use a higher rate of inflation.

    Current Tax Rate
    This is the income tax rate which currently applies to your income.

    For instance, if you earn $60,000 per year, and you're currently in the 25% federal income tax bracket, put 25% in the "Current Tax Rate" field.

    Expected Tax Rate In Retirement
    This is the tax rate you anticipate in your retirement years.

    While tax rates are subject to change over time, a good ballpark estimate will serve you well.

    For example, if you're currently in the 25% tax bracket but you anticipate earning less in your retirement years, then you might put 15% in the "Expected Tax Rate In Retirement" field.

    However, if you're currently in the 25% tax bracket but you expect to earn more in retirement or you think tax rates will climb over time, then you might put 30% or 35% in the "Expected Tax Rate In Retirement" field.

    Current Age
    This is fairly self-explanatory. Just check your birth certificate if you're not sure!

    Seriously, though, you might want to consider an older age for this field if you're not yet ready to perform a Roth IRA rollover but you plan to do so in the future.

    Retirement Age
    This is the age at which you'd like to retire, and while you'd probably like to make this the same as your current age, that may not be realistic... (although I hope I'm wrong!)

    Make sure you put a realistic age in the "Retirement Age" field in order to get the most accurate calculation of your inflation-adjusted Traditional IRA and Roth IRA rollover savings balances.

    After-Tax Traditional IRA Balance At Retirement
    This is the projected inflation-adjusted after-tax value of your Traditional IRA at retirement (what you will have if you don't perform a rollover).

    The Roth IRA rollover calculator automatically updates this value when you fill in the aforementioned fields.

    Roth IRA Balance At Retirement
    This is the projected inflation-adjusted tax-free value of your Roth IRA when you retire.

    The Roth IRA rollover calculator automatically updates this value when you fill in the aforementioned fields.

    Unlike some Roth IRA calculators, this value represents your savings in terms of today's dollars - meaning a million dollar nest egg will retain the equivalent purchasing power of a million dollars today.

    Your Roth IRA Rollover Calculations

    Compare your projected after-tax Traditional IRA balance at retirement to your projected tax-free Roth IRA balance.

    Is one amount higher than the other?

    If your Traditional IRA balance is higher, then you might want to reconsider rolling over your funds. But if your Roth IRA balance is higher, then you might want to move forward with a rollover.

    However, Roth IRA rollovers can sometimes be complicated in nature, so it's always a good idea to seek the assistance of a competent financial professional.

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