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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Article on The Front Door Opens Wide for the Backdoor Roth IRA

BladeF. Philip Manns Jr. & Timothy M. Todd recently published an Article entitled, The Front Door Opens Wide for the Backdoor Roth IRA, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Law eJournal (2017). Provided below is an abstract of the Article:

Invoking allusions to Caligula and Roman tax law, the Sixth Circuit, in Summa Holdings, reversed the Tax Court and held that the Commissioner could not use the substance-over-form doctrine to prevent taxpayers from combining the tax savings effects of a domestic international sales corporation with a Roth IRA. In this article, we argue that the Summa Holdings rationale supports and allows the backdoor Roth IRA — that is, making a nondeductible, traditional IRA contribution and then converting it into a Roth IRA (ostensibly to avoid the income limits on direct contributions to Roth IRAs).

Special thanks to Robert H. Sitkoff (John L. Gray Professor of Law, Harvard Law School) for bringing this article to my attention.


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