Can You Do a Partial Transfer of an IRA?

Direct trustee-to-trustee transfers are the easiest and safest way to transfer an IRA. Bypassing withdrawal processes and moving funds directly from one sponsor to another, this method ensures funds will arrive in their intended account type without incurring additional withdrawal fees or withdrawal processes.

Financial institutions distributing retirement funds must withhold 20 percent for taxes. You may reclaim this withholding by depositing it back within 60 days.

Partial rollovers

Partial rollovers may be beneficial to people leaving an employer-sponsored retirement account with limited investment options or high fees, yet are concerned with tax issues related to it. The Internal Revenue Service allows only one partial rollover per year and any distribution withheld from an IRA must also be reported directly to them. Direct transfers or indirect rollovers generally provide faster transfers between accounts than partial ones, taking only 60 days or less to complete.

Moving money from a traditional 401(k) plan into an individual retirement account (IRA), such as one from Entrust, may also be an option. While this usually happens faster than direct rollover, depending on the financial institution it could take several weeks before completion. IRAs generally provide access to more investments with lower fees than 401(k)s but careful consideration must be made before making this choice.


When making a partial rollover, be careful not to miss any tax deadlines and complete this transaction within 12 months. Furthermore, use caution when converting after-tax contributions into Roth IRAs as the IRS reviews all traditional IRA balances together.

When performing a partial indirect rollover, your distribution check will include both the amount you were allocated as well as 20% income tax withholding. It must then be deposited within 60 days to avoid taxes and penalties.

Direct transfers or rollovers provide the greatest efficiency when switching custodians or transitioning from an employer-sponsored plan into an IRA; you’re able to move all your original balance without any money being held back for taxes or held back from potential rollovers. Indirect rollovers may still be beneficial when switching custodians; when doing this process, your current custodian will issue you a check with the original balance that must be deposited within 60 days in your new IRA account.


Partial rollovers allow you to transfer some of your 401(k) funds into an IRA. This may be beneficial when transitioning jobs or retiring and taking advantage of investment opportunities provided by an IRA. However, withdrawing money yourself would incur income taxes as well as incur a 10% penalty tax within 60 days.

Instead of direct IRA rollover, another alternative may be trustee-to-trustee transfer. With this method, the financial institution holding your IRA will send its distribution directly into your new account without you needing to worry about 20% being withheld from it.

But it may not be wise to transfer all your 401(k) funds into a traditional IRA, since such assets have less legal protection and could become subject to ordinary income tax.

IRA custodians

IRA custodians are responsible for safeguarding an individual’s self-directed IRA investment assets such as real estate, REITs, private equity funds, precious metals and closely held businesses. Additionally, they must manage any paperwork that comes their way and may act as administrators of retirement plans.

Self-directed IRA custodians differ from brokers in that they do not provide financial advice; nonetheless, they should still be readily available online or by phone to answer any queries about your IRA and should disclose all fees associated with it.

As part of an IRA custodian’s duties, it is crucial that they do not invest in prohibited assets or deal with disqualified parties. For example, renting your rental property out to family or friends constitutes an unlawful transaction. An IRA also cannot purchase real estate outright using its funds alone – although transactions involving both loans from outside sources as well as funds within an IRA account may be acceptable as long as proper documentation of these deals occurs in order to comply with prohibited transaction rules.

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