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By Ian Berger, JD
IRA Analyst


For COVID “special” Aug 31 rollovers, am I allowed to return my 401(k) required minimum distribution (RMD) to my IRA?

Thank you,



Hi Maria,

Yes, the CARES Act and subsequent IRS guidance allows unwanted 2020 401(k) RMDs to be repaid through rollover to an IRA (or company plan) by August 31.


My daughter worked for a social services employee and had a 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plan. Some of the contributions came from her employee, some came from her. Can she “rollover” the contributions from her employer into a Roth IRA? Thanks so much!


Yes, all 403(b) funds, including elective deferrals and employer contributions, can be converted directly to a Roth IRA. This can be done without having to first roll over the funds to a traditional IRA. Of course, she will need to pay income taxes on any amount converted, and the conversion cannot later be undone.