No, but what you can do is have the hit to your finances minimized by spreading it out.
You have to pay to convert because you’ve never paid any tax on that income and you wouldn’t pay to distribute later from the Roth. The IRS wants their money sometime, so they watch that stuff.
But what most people don’t realize is that they don’t have to convert the money in an all or nothing approach. You could, for example, convert $2K/year for 10 years. Maybe you’d have enough writeoffs to balance out the extra tax anyway by taking that approach.
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