I have a 403(b) from a old employer. I would like to convert it to a 401(k). How can I do that?

A:

The IRS says that you can roll a 403(b) plan into a 401(k) plan if you now work for an employer that offers a 401(k) plan. You can also roll a 403(b) plan into a self-employed 401(k) plan if you are self-employed. However, if you work for an employer that does not offer a 401(k) plan, then you cannot roll a 403(b) plan into any type of 401(k) plan. If your employer offers a SEP plan or 457 plan, then you can also roll a 403(b) plan into one of those. Of course, you can always roll a 403(b) or other qualified plan offered by a previous employer into a traditional or Roth IRA. Current rules allow you to then roll that money over into a 401(k) plan if you are hired by an employer that offers this plan in the future, as long as the money from the 403(b) plan has not been commingled with contributory funds that you deposited into the IRA. However, your employer must permit rollovers into its retirement plan in order for an employee to be able to roll a previous plan into its plan. Of course, most employers will permit this because of the money that their plans will receive.

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