If you converted your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA during 2010 and paid (or will pay) the tax on the conversion and then watched the value of the account decrease due to the overall decline of the stock market in 2011, you still have an opportunity to do something about it.
If you filed your return on time or are on extension, you automatically receive a 6-month extension from the return’s original due date to recharacterize the Roth account back to a Traditional account, thereby avoiding paying taxes on IRA values that have evaporated. Once you make the recharacterization, you must wait 30 days before reconverting the IRA back to a Roth. Be aware that the two-year tax payment option for conversions only applied to the year 2010, making the tax on the reconverted amount due in full on your 2011 return when you file it in 2012.
However, the deadline for both completing your recharacterization and filing or amending your 2010 return is October 17. So if you have questions or wish to implement this strategy, you will need to call this office right away.