Saving for Retirement


Social Security, Medicare, and Roth conversions

March 17, 2017

Vanguard leaders discuss Social Security, Medicare, and Roth IRA conversions

Vanguard retirement investment strategist Maria Bruno and Kahlilah Dowe, Certified Financial Planner™ professional with Vanguard Personal Advisor Services discuss how the timing of a Roth IRA conversion could affect Social Security, Medicare benefits—and taxes.

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  • Withdrawals from a Roth IRA are tax free if you are over age 59½ and have held the account for at least five years; withdrawals taken prior to age 59½ or five years may be subject to ordinary income tax or a 10% federal penalty tax, or both. (A separate five-year period applies for each conversion and begins on the first day of the year in which the conversion contribution is made).
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