addresses Roth Recharacterization. It basically eliminates any strategy
The wording from P639 of PDF or 116 page numbering -
The conference agreement follows the House bill and the Senate amendment with a modification. Under the provision, the special rule that allows a contribution to one type of IRA to be recharacterized as a contribution to the other type of IRA does not apply to a conversion contribution to a Roth IRA. Thus, recharacterization cannot be used to unwind a Roth conversion. However, recharacterization is still permitted with respect to other contributions. For example, an individual may make a contribution for a year to a Roth IRA and, before the due date for the individual’s income tax return for that year, recharacterize it as a contribution to a traditional IRA.
Effective date.−The provision is effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017. ______________________________________________________________________
I read this to mean that we have one last opportunity, to recharacterize any 2017 conversions in the usual way, up till filing 2017 taxes, given the wording "effective...... after 12/31/17"
The response I got from Jeff Levine, a former partner of Ed Slott, was that he read this as saying the recharacterization could not occur after the end of this year.
If Jeff is correct, anyone using any of the many variations of this strategy are in for a painful surprise when the broker rejects the form in April.
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