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A one-page chart showing whether a rollover is permitted between 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), IRA, Roth IRA, SEP-IRA and SIMPLE-IRA accounts.

That’s right, the words helpful and IRS sometimes go together. The IRS has produced a chart showing whether a rollover between 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), IRA, Roth IRA, SEP IRA and SIMPLE IRA accounts is permitted. Clicking on the chart or here will download a pdf version of the chart. The chart includes hyperlinks to additional resources on the IRS website.

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Changes to 401(k) and IRA rollover rules for 2008

There are some changes for 2008 that are reflected in the chart. For example, you can now do a direct rollover from a 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b) to a Roth IRA (subject to income limitations). Before 2008, you had to first rollover to a traditional IRA and then convert to a Roth IRA. The chart also indicates when a rollover is permitted subject to certain limitations.

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Article comments

Danh says:

Would you please help me some answers about my Rollover IRA?

I had IRA-SEP in Direct Zion financial service about 10K, I was laid off Dec 2008. On Sep 2009 I transered this account into Zecco Rollover IRA with 5K loss.
I have 2 questions:
1. How do I fill 2009 Income Tax return?
2. With Zecco Rollover account, Do I have to fill income tax return for the gain/loss?


Phillip Smith says:

This chart is innaccurate. 401(k)s and other types of IRAs can be rolled into the SImple IRA, effective 12/18/2015. Section 306 of the PATH directly amends this. It looks liek the legislation still excludes 403(b) and 457(e) rollovers, but 401(k) is not excluded – granted this is AFTER the 2 year period is met, and also is only applicable to contributions made to the 401(k) after the enactment of the PATH Act (12/18/2015). Still, 401(k) money CAN be rolled over into a SIMPLE IRA if these criteria are met.

Stephanie Colestock says:

Thanks for the heads up, Phillip! We will be sure to update the page.

Best, Stephanie