When you convert your existing traditional IRA into a Roth IRA and then reverse the transaction by switching the account back to traditional IRA status, the reversal is called a recharacterization in the IRS world.. If you had a sizable accumulation in your traditional IRA, the ability to convert that traditional IRA to a Roth IRA and also change your mind when things were backfiring was a terrific tax and financial planning break.
However, if you make a Roth conversion transaction in 2018 and beyond, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) permanently eliminates your ability to recharacterize the account back to traditional IRA status.
Look at the new TCJA rule this way: when you make the decision to convert your existing traditional IRA or other retirement plan to a Roth, that’s a final decision for 2018 and beyond.
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