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Can I rollover amounts from my 401(k) or 403(b) to my IRA?

Last Updated December 17, 2015

Question: 

Assuming I am eligible to make withdrawals from my qualified plan or 403(b) account, can I rollover the withdrawn amounts to my IRA?

Answer: 

It depends. First, the receiving IRA must be a Traditional (including a SEP) IRA, or a Roth IRA[i]. These amounts cannot be rolled over to a SIMPLE IRA. In addition, the amount must be rollover eligible. The following are examples of amounts that are not rollover eligible:

 

 

Note: Amounts rolled over to your Roth IRA is treated as ordinary income for the year the distribution occurs. On the other hand, a rollover to a traditional IRA is not included in income.

 

Caution: If you have employer stocks in your qualified plan account, check with your financial or tax professional to determine whether those amounts should be rolled over. The NUA on employer stocks are eligible for special tax treatment if certain requirements have been met.

 

Please consult with your financial advisor or tax professional regarding your distribution and rollover.

 

[i] Prior to 2008, amounts could not be rolled over from a qualified plan or 403(b) to a Roth IRA. However, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), changed that rule effective for distributions that occur 2008 and after.

  Question answered by by Denise Appleby