- roll over amounts to both a Roth IRA and a non-Roth IRA,
- allocate the pre-tax amount of the distribution to the non-Roth IRA and the after-tax amount to the Roth IRA, and
- avoid having to pay income tax on pre-tax amounts rolled over to the non-Roth IRA.
Under current rules, each destination of a retirement plan distribution (for example, a distribution split between a direct rollover to an IRA and an actual distribution of funds) is considered a separate distribution. If a participant’s account balance contains both pre-tax and after-tax amounts, each distribution includes a pro rata share of both. A participant can’t choose to transfer the pre-tax amount to a traditional IRA and the after-tax amount to a Roth IRA.
The new single distribution allocation rules aren’t mandatory for plan distributions prior to January 2015. However, plan sponsors may apply this allocation rule to distributions made on or after September 18, 2014, and apply a reasonable interpretation of the allocation rules for distributions made prior to September 18.