Specific Guidance on In-Plan Roth Transfers

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In 2010, Congress allowed participants to make in-plan Roth rollovers (IRR) of amounts that were otherwise distributable in an eligible rollover distribution.  In 2013, Congress expanded the rule, allowing participant to make in-plan Roth transfers (IRT) of amounts that were not otherwise distributable.    

Wednesday, the IRS released Notice 2013-74 which gives guidance on IRT and IRR.  This is the second of three technical updates dealing with this Notice.  This technical update will focus on operational guidance related specifically to IRT. 

How does the Notice treat IRT?

Interestingly, the Notice never uses the phrase “in-plan Roth Transfer.”  Instead, the Notice expands the concept of IRR to include IRT.  So, what we are left with is in-plan Roth rollovers of otherwise distributable amounts (effective in 2010) and in-plan Roth rollovers of otherwise nondistributable amounts (IRT, effective in 2013). 

The convenience of this approach is that it immediately answers most of the questions about IRT.  Just apply the IRR rules that the IRS outlined in Notice 2010-84. 

What Notice 2010-84 rules do not apply to IRT (in-plan Roth rollovers of otherwise nondistributable amounts)?
·         There is no longer a requirement that the participant be eligible for a distribution
·         60-day rollover rules do not apply to IRT
·         IRT do not require a special tax notice 

Can participants make IRT for nonvested amounts? 


Must IRT preserve protected distribution options available to the participant prior to the transfer?


If IRT funds were subject to distribution restrictions prior to the transfer, are they still subject to the restriction after the transfer? 

Yes.  For example, suppose participants make IRT of ADP safe harbor contributions.  These funds were not available for hardship distributions before the transfer and are not available for hardship distributions after the transfer. 

Does mandatory or voluntary withholding apply to IRT?

No.  Because IRT amounts are not otherwise distributable, the participant cannot use the funds to fund income tax withholding.  The participant will likely need to use funds outside the plan to pay income taxes on the transfer. 

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