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Retiring with Pension, how to manage taxes

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francisco:
Hello.  I am retiring with military pension, which means I will be paying taxes on the 15% bracket.  My quaetion is if I should concentrate on capital gain harvest or still go with the roth conversion ladder technique.  Thanks

gocurrycracker:
There is no 15% tax bracket for ordinary income (e.g. a pension.) There is a 12% bracket.
https://www.gocurrycracker.com/tax-reform-early-retiree/


The answer to Roth conversions or capital gain harvesting could be neither.
If you get health insurance via the ACA, that is probably the case unless you have a really big TSP.

For Roth conversions, if you can pay a lower tax rate now than you will at age 72+ with RMDs, then do them. If not, don't.

If you also have the opportunity to harvest capital gains and pay 0 tax and 0 increase in health insurance premiums, then also do those. If not, don't.

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