Can You Do a Partial Transfer of an IRA When You Leave Your Job?

Many individuals who depart their employer typically rollover their retirement account into an individual retirement account (IRA), enabling them to access more investment options with reduced service and investment fees.

But if you wish to leave some funds with your old company’s plan, an indirect transfer (commonly referred to as 60-day rollover) may be one way of accomplishing that goal.


Partial transfers allow you to move funds between traditional or Roth IRAs and another type of IRA. But keep in mind that the IRS imposes annual restrictions on rollovers; if you withdraw money and do not redeposit it within 60 days, the IRS considers it as a distribution that requires taxes be paid on.

As such, it may be wise to opt for a direct rollover rather than partial transfer. Under direct rollover, your retirement plan custodian sends directly a check from their retirement plan custodian directly to the new institution for your IRA; also known as trustee-to-trustee transfer. With direct rollover you can also complete direct rollover from a 401(k) into an IRA with same financial institution; generally speaking IRAs provide more investment choices with reduced fees as well as easier management compared with their 401(k counterpart – including offering self-employed investors the possibility of investing into SEP IRAs.

IRA to 401(k)

As soon as you leave your job, you may wish to transfer some or all of your retirement savings from your former employer’s plan into an IRA. You have two ways of doing so – either directly transferring or rolling over. Your decision depends on which option is more suited to achieving your financial goals.

An IRA generally offers more investment choices and lower fees, making managing them simpler for you. A rollover allows you to combine all your investments and streamline their administration.

Sometimes it may make sense to retain part of an old 401(k). This could be done for reasons including maintaining specific investment options or significant gains that the funds have experienced.

Your distributions from an incomplete rollover may be subject to tax and an early withdrawal penalty if not reinvested within 60 days, however the direct transfer method offers faster distribution processing.


Rolling your SEP IRA funds can be an easy process, whether you are switching employers or starting up a new business and want to manage one yourself. All it requires is one IRS form – just remember some specific SEP IRA rules like making contributions by the tax deadline (including extensions) each year!

Direct rollover allows your financial institution to deliver the check directly into a new SEP IRA or other account, eliminating tax withholding. Also, required minimum distributions must be taken by December 31 of the year that you turn 73 1/2; any withdrawals from SEP IRAs are taxable when taken and may incur penalties prior to age 59 1/2. You can also rollover into either traditional or Roth IRA.


SIMPLE IRAs are an employer-sponsored retirement plan that allow employees to contribute pre-tax money into an individual retirement account (IRA), where it will grow tax-deferred until withdrawal occurs during retirement.

Employers may only provide SIMPLE IRAs if employees have earned more than $5,000 annually over two years, and are enrolled as members in both of them. Employees elect how much of their salary to contribute annually during an election period; companies then match that contribution dollar-for-dollar or provide an optional non-elective contribution of 2% of employee’s salaries annually.

After two years, individuals may roll over their SIMPLE IRA into a traditional IRA. If funds remain ineligible after this deadline passes, trustee-to-trustee transfers may be an alternative way of accomplishing this transfer of assets between financial institutions.

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