Moving an IRA to Another Bank
Q: Dear Tax Talk,
When a traditional IRA is moved from one bank or credit union to another, how long before I can move it to another bank?--Maria
IRAs are held with financial institutions. The institution is referred to as the custodian. The frequency with which you can transfer funds from one custodian to another depends on the type of transfer you make. You can transfer, tax-free, assets from other retirement programs (including traditional IRAs) to a traditional IRA. You can make the following kinds of transfers.
Types of retirement account transfers
Transfers from one trustee to another.
Transfers incident to a divorce.
Custodians offer a variety of investment options, such as CDs, stocks or mutual funds. Changing the type of investment with the same custodian is not considered a transfer or rollover.
A transfer of funds in your traditional IRA from one trustee directly to another, either at your request or at the trustee's request, is not a rollover. Because there is no distribution to you, the transfer is tax-free. Unlike a rollover contribution, there is no limit on the amount of direct transfers you can make in any period of time.
Generally, a rollover is a tax-free distribution to you of cash or other assets from one retirement plan that you contribute to into another retirement plan. The contribution to the second retirement plan is called a "rollover contribution." You generally must make the rollover contribution by the 60th day after the day you receive the distribution from your traditional IRA or your employer's plan.