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Hi from Just Answer. I'm PDtax, and see you have a great planning opportunity.
Your pension start in 2016 gives you the opportunity to accelerate income into 2015 at no to little tax.
I like the idea of a Roth conversion, especially if you are over 59 1/2 to avoid the 10% penalty. The tax hit will be the lowest you will ever have, and you will have 0% tax on the standard deduction and exemption amount for 2015.
If you have the opportunity to recognize capital gains, this could be the year for that as well. Your non-retirement savings might be just such an opportunity.
I am assuming you have $0 income, and suggest that you forecast the results with good tax software to evaluate your opportunities. Thanks for asking at Just Answer. Positive feedback is appreciated. I'm PDtax.