- Let's assume there are exactly $5500 in my Traditional IRA at the beginning of the year.
- Early during the tax year, I convert these $5500 to a Roth IRA. I will now owe taxes on these $5500.
- Later in the tax year, I make a (tax-deductible) contribution of $5500 to the (now empty) Traditional IRA. I now save taxes on $5500 of income.
Result at the beginning of the next tax year:
- The Traditional IRA has again $5500 in it - no change
- compared to not having done anything with IRAs, I do not owe any more or less taxes (+ 5550 - 5500 = 0) - no change
- I have $5500 more in my Roth IRA, where they are now tax-free, including all future interest.
So basically, I manage to get $5500 income tax-free into a Roth IRA!?
Where did I go wrong? Or did I just pass "Get-rich-easily-101"?
I might even be able to make it better by doing 2. at a time where the market is down, and 3. at a time where the market is up.