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A rollover is the moving of any investment from its current custodian to another. A Roth IRA must meet the following requirements to keep its tax-deferred status:
? The account may be rolled over only once per year.
? The funds must be placed into the new IRA within 60 days.
? The opening balance of the new account must be equal to the amount of money received from the previous IRA. If it is less, penalty taxes will be applied.
A traditional IRA may be rolled over to a Roth as long as the individual?s adjusted gross income is $100,000 or less. Any amount that had not been taxed while in the traditional IRA will be taxed when it is rolled over to the Roth IRA.
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