IRS Clarifies Limit on IRA Rollovers

The IRS clarified in IR-2014-107 the impact that a 2014 IRA rollover has on the one-per-year limit on tax-free rollovers between IRAs. Before 2015, the one-per-year limit applies only on an IRA-by-IRA basis (that is, only to rollovers involving the same IRAs). Beginning in 2015, the limit will apply by aggregating all of an individual’s IRAs, effectively treating them as if they were one IRA for purposes of applying the limit.

To allow time for transition to the new interpretation, the IRS announced shortly after the January 2014 Tax Court decision that the new interpretation would not apply before January 1, 2015. A distribution from an IRA received during 2014 and properly rolled over (normally within 60 days) to another IRA will have no impact on any distributions and rollovers during 2015 involving any other IRAs owned by the same individual. This will give IRA owners a fresh start in 2015 when applying the one-per-year rollover limit to multiple IRAs.


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