How to Close a Rollover IRA Account

by D. Laverne O'Neal, Demand Media

    You can always roll money from one retirement account into an individual retirement account. Closing one is just a matter of completing some paperwork and possibly paying a fee. You also have to tell the bank how you want the funds paid out. The IRA trustee needs time to sell your investments and convert the assets to cash. This process may take 10 business days or more.

    Step 1

    Contact your IRA trustee to let him know you want to close the account. The bank will tell you which forms to complete and whether it charges a closing fee. Let the bank know if you want a check by mail or an electronic deposit to your bank account.

    Step 2

    Fill out the closing paperwork, sign it and return it to the bank with any required fee.

    Step 3

    Report the distribution in the income section of Form 1040. The bank reports the taxable amount of the distribution to the IRS on Form 1099-R and mails you a copy of that form by January 31 of the following year.

    Tip

    • If you cash out and close the rollover account within five years of the rollover date, and before you reach age 59 1/2, you will have to pay a 10 percent penalty on the rollover principal. You'll also have to fork over income tax and penalty on the earnings.

    About the Author

    D. Laverne O'Neal, an Ivy League graduate, published her first article in 1997. A former theater, dance and music critic for such publications as the "Oakland Tribune" and Gannett Newspapers, she started her Web-writing career during the dot-com heyday. O'Neal also translates and edits French and Spanish. Her strongest interests are the performing arts, design, food, health, personal finance and personal growth.