Unfortunately, it happened again. Another person dove into the IRA rollover pool before checking the depth, temperature, or if the pool was even open for swimming. In this scenario, $125,000 was rolled from an IRA at Bank A to Bank B. A few months later, in a constant search for a higher paying certificate of deposit, the account owner rolled the same $125,000 to an IRA at Bank C.
Spot the problem(s)? This relatively innocuous-looking transaction created a laundry list of snowballing issues. Probably the most penal is that the second rollover attempt was invalid and is treated as a distribution. The $125,000 is now taxable earned income for the year. Why? A person is permitted only one (1) 60-day rollover per 12-month period with their IRA accounts. This does NOT mean one rollover per calendar year.