DEFINITION of 'Direct Rollover'
A distribution of eligible rollover assets from a qualified plan, 403(b) plan, or a governmental 457 plan to a Traditional IRA, qualified plan, 403(b) plan, or a governmental 457 plan; or a distribution from an IRA to a qualified plan, 403(b) plan or a governmental 457 plan.
BREAKING DOWN 'Direct Rollover'
Direct rollover assets are made payable to the qualified plan or IRA Custodian/Trustee, never to the individual.
A direct rollover is reportable but not taxable.