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Question: My client rolled over money from his 401(k) plan to an IRA earlier this year, and now wants to roll over money from that IRA to a new IRA a few months later. Aren’t rollovers limited to one per year?
Answer: Not in this case.
IRS Publication 590 explains how the one rollover per year rule works:
Waiting period between rollovers. Generally, if you make a tax-free rollover of any part of a distribution from a traditional IRA, you cannot, within a 1-year period, make a tax-free rollover of any later distribution from that same IRA. You also cannot make a tax-free rollover of any amount distributed, within the same 1-year period, from the IRA into which you made the tax-free rollover.
The rule applies to IRA to IRA rollovers only, so the rollover from a 401(k) plan to the IRA doesn’t count.
Also, the rule only applies to 60 day rollovers. A taxpayer can make as many direct rollovers—direct transfers from one IRA custodian to another—as the taxpayer would like in a one year period.
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