If the current proposal before congress to eliminate the stretch IRA provisions from the tax code go into effect, it presents an even more compelling reason to convert traditional IRA's into Roth IRA's. While most people are reluctant to pay taxes now on a tax deferred account, the ability to pay taxes now under current rates, rather than under future rates which are likely to be higher. Now with the potential loss of the ability of beneficiaries to stretch withdrawals when they inherit, thereby paying the taxes on the account within 5 years of their inheritance, the case for the Roth becomes more compelling. Under the proposal, Roth beneficiaries would continue to enjoy required minimum distributions over their lifetimes, rather than accellerated 5 years. Their growth and distributions would be tax free - unless, of course, congress eliminated the tax free character of the Roth IRA. But they would never break a promise like that (unless, of course, you count their original promise not to tax social security benefits).