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If you’re considering rolling over or transferring an IRA, you may have heard of the “60-day rule.” Some people get confused about what the rule is, and if it applies to their situation. Let’s put the confusion to rest: here’s what you need to know.
When you roll over your retirement account from one account to another, you have 60 days to place the funds you took out, or “distributed,” into a qualified IRA or retirement account. Otherwise, you potentially face taxes and a 10-percent penalty if you’re under the age of 59½. This is known as the “60-day rollover” rule.
The IRS only allows this distribution rollover to occur once in a 12-month period across all IRAs you own.
Here’s where people sometimes get confused:
Some people mistakenly believe the 60-day rule applies to their situation when, in fact, it doesn’t. For example, they think they can only roll over or transfer funds directly from one account to another only once a year, confusing a direct rollover or transfer with the 60-day rollover rule.
When you perform a transfer or direct rollover, you are not taking active receipt of your funds. Therefore, this does not count toward the once-in-a-12-month-period time frame.
There have been no changes to the rule, but there has been recent guidance from the IRS. Several years ago, the guidance was that you could perform one of these 60-day rollovers “once a year from each account.” This would allow someone to open several different accounts and take a distribution and return the funds within 60 days, creating a revolving use of tax-privileged funds.
The IRS released updated guidance stating that you can only do this once in a 12-month period across all IRA accounts.
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• Transfers: No limit, provided they are trustee-to-trustee
• Rollovers: No limit, provided it is a direct rollover
• 60-day distribution rollovers: Only allowed once in a 12-month period across all accounts
• Roth Conversion: No limit providing it is a direct conversion
[Related: Difference between transfers and rollovers]
If you have an inherited IRA, you may not take a distribution and return it in 60 days. You may only perform a trustee-to-trustee transfer.
For more information on the difference between transfers and rollovers, read this explanation.
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