Ask The Experts: Money Matters

By Mike Miles

VCP to Roth

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Q. I am confused about the five-year rule for Voluntary Contributions Program funds rolled over into a Roth IRA. If a Roth IRA has been funded for five years, is there still a five-year withdrawal waiting period for funds transferred from a VCP account into that IRA?

A. The five-year clock applies to each conversion, but how it will affect you isn’t clear from the information you’ve provided. The answer depends upon your age and how much you withdraw. I suggest that you read Internal Revenue Service Publication 590 and consult a CPA before proceeding.

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