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Rollover or Transfer? Why the Difference Matters
Your clients may receive a letter from the IRS stating that they didn't report income from a qualified policy they closed in that year. Typically, this happens because of the source of money indicated on their application. Selecting either a Rollover or Transfer determines how the initial premium is eventually reported. Here are the key differences:
A rollover is movement of funds between unlike policies. For example, closing out a Pension account and moving those funds into an IRA is a rollover. Rollover contributions to IRAs, Roth IRAs and SEP IRAs are reported annually to the IRS on Form 5498. Conversions and re-characterized contributions are reported on Form 5498 as well.
In addition, funds that the clients receive and deposit into a checking or money market account while they research investment are rollovers. This is true even if the banking institution sends The Standard a cashier's check or money order for the benefit of the client. Remember, rollovers are reported to the IRS on Form 5498 indicating that the money was deposited into a qualified policy and is not taxable.
The Standard reports rollover contributions to the IRS in May of each year. The previous carrier issues a 1099R reporting the rollover by using a distribution code of G and showing no taxable amount. A few carriers may send the funds directly to the client which should be reported as fully taxable on the 1099R and coded as a 7 or 1 depending on the client's age. If these funds fail to make it into another qualified account within 60 days, or are not recorded correctly, they become taxable and considered income.
Transfers are funds between the same types of policies and are not reported on Form 5498. An example of a transfer would be moving funds from an IRA with a bank to an IRA with The Standard. For funds from a bank or credit union to be considered a transfer they must originate from a qualified IRA account held at the bank or credit union.
Indicating Money Source on Applications
During the review of application paperwork, we look to see if money source marked on the application matches the type of premium received.
- For an IRA application with the money source listed as a New Investment, we review the amount received against the IRS maximum contribution.
- Money sources listed as Transfer, New Investment, or not marked will require a review of the check itself.
- If the check is from a bank or credit union, then we treat it as a Transfer until told otherwise. Most checks from financial institutions do not indicate if funds are a rollover or transfer.
If you have questions or need help providing service to your clients, please contact our Service Specialists at 800.247.6888 or Send Us a Message. This article does not constitute tax advice.
Confidence and Compassion
A Note from Greg Ness, Chairman, President and CEO
At The Standard, we’ve been helping people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind since 1906. As the global health crisis continues to disrupt lives, communities and the economy, I am confident we’ll continue helping people when they need us the most. Our company has been through hard times and market volatility before and we will navigate through this challenge as well. As our customers face tremendous stress and uncertainty, we will continue providing support and stability to those who rely on our products and services.
This pandemic is tough on everyone. Our communities are hurting, our families and friends are distressed and some of our most vulnerable neighbors are at risk.
The crisis and the way we collectively respond to it will define a generation. We are rising to the challenge. I know every single employee at our company — along with staying focused on keeping our business running and serving our customers — is looking for ways to make a difference for those most affected by this pandemic. That’s proving true in businesses and homes across the community, the country and around the world.
Part of the tragedy of this disease is that even as we come together to help those most in need, the unique nature of COVID-19 is forcing us apart. We all understand the importance of —social distancing— to slow the spread, but we should remember that’s just physical distancing. I encourage you to find ways to safely connect with those in your neighborhood who may require extra help and with groups in your community that are making a difference and support them however you can. And now is the perfect time to reach out to friends and others and just check in.
To our health care providers, first responders and everyone selflessly setting aside their own fears and concerns to help others during this time — thank you hardly seems enough. These people are true heroes. This crisis reinforces how reliant we are on the many essential services we too often take for granted. We are grateful to so many for continuing to show up with focus and commitment.
We will get through this, especially if we are sustained by the examples of those who make us the proudest right now — family, friends, neighbors and colleagues working together — rather than allowing our fears to guide us. No matter how unsettled we may feel, remember we are not alone. There are so many people in this world trying their level best to help others. And I am certain we will get through this — together.
In times of crisis, we are defined by how we react. Let’s continue to be defined by compassion.
And to our customers, thank you for putting your trust in The Standard. What we sell is a promise to be there when you need us, and that promise is unwavering.
Be safe and well, and stay connected.
Jared's Story: Time for Family
Age: 36 - Occupation: pediatrician - Married, one child
How the Family Care Benefit provided the ability to care for a loved one
Jared's daughter was born with a heart defect. They visited multiple specialists to diagnose the condition and determine the appropriate treatment. Then his daughter underwent surgeries, hospital stays and months of follow-up appointments. Benefits from Jared’s Platinum Advantage policy helped make up for the income lost when Jared spent time away from work to attend physician appointments and to be with his daughter in the hospital and throughout her extended recovery — providing peace of mind during a trying time.
Supportive Office Equipment
Age: 42 - Occupation: accountant - Married, no children
Assistance on the road to recovery through a rehabilitation program
Jody's role as an accountant at a small firm requires a lot of computer work. After sustaining a serious back injury from a car accident, Jody was totally disabled under her Platinum Advantage policy. Jody’s doctor recommended she purchase assistive equipment to help her work comfortably at her desk without aggravating her condition. She was able to return to work full time after participating in a rehabilitation program in which expenses for a sitstand desk and other ergonomic accommodations were paid for under her Platinum Advantage policy. These modifications helped ensure she could return to work safely, without hindering her recovery.
David's Story: Starting a Medical Career
Age: 33 - Occupation: dermatology physician - Single, no children
Benefits that match career growth through the Benefit Increase Rider
David is completing his dermatology residency and just accepted an offer at a private practice. Before the end of his residency, he purchased a Platinum Advantage policy that included the Benefit Increase Rider, knowing his income will rise significantly after he starts his first post-residency job. The benefit also will allow his policy to grow with him as he progresses in his career and receives additional salary increases. David values the fact that his coverage going forward will match his developing career.
Jason's Story: Accidents Happen
Age: 35 • Occupation: orthopedic surgeon • Married, two children
Finding work in a new occupation with the Own Occupation Rider
Jason injured his right hand in an accident and was unable to return to his job as an orthopedic surgeon because he couldn't perform surgery. Due to his medical training, he was able to return to work as a family medicine physician. Jason was considered totally disabled in his regular occupation as an orthopedic surgeon — even though he earns an income from another occupation as a family medicine physician — because of the own occupation definition of total disability included in his Platinum Advantage policy. Because of this, he receives the policy's full basic monthly benefit, in addition to the income he receives in his new position.