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February 12, 2009

Can I Roll-Over an Inherited IRA?


Can I Roll-Over an Inherited IRA?

I inherited a traditional IRA from my uncle who was 65 years old when he died. Can I rollover or transfer the account to my own IRA? My uncle died in July of last year.

No. You cannot rollover or transfer an IRA that you inherited from your uncle to your own IRA, because you are a non-spouse beneficiary. A non-spouse beneficiary is defined as a beneficiary that is not the surviving spouse of the deceased IRA owner. Instead , you may transfer the funds to an Inherited IRA . An Inherited IRA is one that is registered in the names of the decedent and the beneficiary ( in this case, your name and your uncle’s { the decedent} name), using your social security number. An example of a registration that satisfies the IRS requirements is: IRA FBO Jim P, Beneficiary of Tom S (Deceased)”. Any variation of this will work, as long as it is clear who is the beneficiary and who is the decedent. Some financial institutions may shorten ‘beneficiary’ to read ‘bene’, ‘beneficiary of ‘to read ‘B/O’ and/or ‘deceased’ to read ‘decd’.


Written By

Denise Appleby

Denise is CEO of Appleby Retirement Consulting Inc., a firm that provides IRA resources for financial/ tax/legal professionals. She has over 20 years of experience in the retirement plans field, which includes training and technical consultation.

Denise writes and publishes educational /marketing tools for advisors; available at Denise co-authored several books on IRAs

Denise is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School, where she obtained a Masters of Jurisprudence in Employee Benefits, and has earned 5 professional retirement designations.
She has appeared on numerous media programs, sharing her insights on retirement tax laws.


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