As all savvy advisors know, smart tax planning is not only about choosing the right strategy at the right time, it's also about avoiding bush league mistakes. That's what Financial Planning senior editor Ann Marsh found in preparing this month's cover story, "15 Top Tax Strategies for 2012,".

And yet, both Marsh and Financial Planning contributor Allan Roth, who authored a companion story on page 61 on the distinct benefits of Roth IRA conversions, found that uncertainty is complicating planners' best efforts to make or recommend wise choices.

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