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Question: I had a client retire at age 60 from a company, and the administrator is paying out the complete pension plan balance to the client in equal payments over a five year period. Are those payments eligible for rollover to an IRA?
Answer: Yes. The kind of scheduled payments described above are eligible for rollover to an IRA. A longer stream of payments might not be eligible for rollover.
Here’s what IRS Publication 590 says about the subject:
Eligible rollover distribution. Generally, an eligible rollover distribution is any distribution of all or part of the balance to your credit in a qualified retirement plan except the following….
- Any of a series of substantially equal periodic distributions paid at least once a year over:
- Your lifetime or life expectancy,
- The lifetimes or life expectancies of you and your beneficiary, or
- A period of 10 years or more.
In this example, if the administrator’s payout was for ten years instead of five, the payments would not be eligible for rollover.
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