DEFINITION of 'Ordering Rules'

The order in which Roth IRA assets are distributed. Assets are distributed from a Roth IRA in the following order:

1. IRA participant contributions
2. Taxable conversions
3. Non-taxable conversions
4. Earnings

BREAKING DOWN 'Ordering Rules'

This set of rules is used to determine the applicable tax treatment of a nonqualified Roth IRA distribution.

Under the aggregation and ordering rules, all of an individual's Roth IRAs are treated as a single account.

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