Part 5 of 10 Things You Must Know About Roth Accounts
Look at the big picture if you plan a conversion. The added taxable income could boost you into a higher tax bracket. A big jump in income could trigger other taxes, too, such as the new 3.8% surtax on net investment income. For Medicare beneficiaries, a rise in adjusted gross income could result in premium surcharges for Part B and Part D.
A series of small conversions over several years could keep the tax bill in check. For instance, you may want to convert just enough to take you to the top of your current tax bracket.