Pick a type of IRA for your rollover
You can keep things simple by rolling over to an IRA that handles your taxes in the same way as your 401(k). Or you can make a change.
IRA options for your 401(k) rollover
Both Roth and traditional IRAs offer advantages. Choosing one for your rollover depends on the type of account you have now and other factors, such as when you want to pay taxes.
What you can do
- Roll over a traditional 401(k) into a traditional IRA, tax-free.
- Roll over a Roth 401(k) into a Roth IRA, tax-free.
- Roll over a traditional 401(k) into a Roth IRA—this would be considered a "Roth conversion," so you'd owe taxes. Note: A Roth conversion that happens at the same time as your rollover may not be eligible for all plans. We can usually complete the Roth conversion once your pre-tax assets arrive into your Vanguard IRA account, though.
What you can't do
- Convert a Roth 401(k) to a traditional IRA.