An individual who takes a distribution from a retirement account may rollover eligible amounts to the same or another retirement account. As long as the amount is eligible to be rolled over, the rollover will result in the amount being excluded from the account owner’s income.
Such a rollover must be made to an eligible retirement plan.
If the distribution is made from an IRA, an eligible retirement plan includes an IRA of the same type from which the distribution was made. When a distribution is made from an IRA and rolled over to an IRA of the same type, the transaction is referred to as an IRA-to-IRA rollover.
An individual is eligible to perform an IRA-to-IRA rollover only once during a 12-month period.
Any rollover that breaks the one-per-year IRA-to-IRA rollover rule is an ineligible rollover, and the amount is not eligible to be excluded from income.