Can Withdrawals from a Fixed Rate Deferred Annuity be Reinvested in an IRA or Transferred to a Different IRA Without Being Taxed?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Withdrawals and Transfers

Withdrawals from a fixed-rate deferred annuity can indeed be reinvested in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or transferred to a different IRA without incurring taxes. This process is often referred to as a “rollover” or “transfer.” However, certain conditions must be met to avoid taxation.

Conditions for Tax-Free Transfers

  1. Timing: The rollover must be completed within 60 days from the time the funds are withdrawn from the annuity.
  2. Direct vs. Indirect Transfers: A direct transfer from one financial institution to another is preferable as it reduces the risk of taxes and penalties.
  3. Frequency of Rollovers: You can perform only one indirect rollover per 12 months across all IRAs.
  4. RMDs: Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) cannot be rolled over.

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Benefits of IRA Transfers

  1. Tax Deferral: Funds remain tax-deferred in the IRA until withdrawn.
  2. Investment Options: Transferring allows for a potentially broader range of investment choices.
  3. Consolidation: Simplifies managing retirement funds by consolidating them in one account.

Steps for a Tax-Free Transfer

  1. Contact Financial Institutions: Notify both the annuity provider and the IRA custodian of your intent to transfer funds.
  2. Choose Transfer Type: Decide between a direct or indirect transfer.
  3. Complete Necessary Paperwork: Fill out any required forms accurately.

Risks and Considerations

  1. Deadlines: Missing the 60-day window in an indirect rollover leads to taxes and potential penalties.
  2. Contribution Limits: Rollovers do not affect annual IRA contribution limits.
  3. Investment Risks: New investments in the IRA may have different risk profiles.


Transferring funds from a fixed-rate deferred annuity to an IRA can be a tax-efficient strategy to manage retirement savings, provided IRS guidelines are strictly followed. Always consult with a financial advisor or tax professional for personalized advice.

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Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Shawn Plummer is a licensed financial professional, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

The Annuity Expert is an independent online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. The goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning and find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates

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