What are the potential benefits? What are the drawbacks?
If you own a traditional IRA, perhaps you have thought about converting it to a Roth IRA. Going Roth makes sense for some traditional IRA owners, but not all.
Why go Roth? There is an assumption behind every Roth IRA conversion – a belief that income tax rates will be higher in future years than they are today. If you think that will happen, then you may be compelled to go Roth. After all, once you are age 59½ and have owned a Roth IRA for five years (i.e., once five calendar years have passed), withdrawals of the earnings from the IRA are tax free. You can withdraw Roth IRA contributions tax free and penalty free at any time.1,2