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1. Does the fact that I commingled a defined benefit pension plan rollover and a 401(k) rollover into the same rollover IRA account prior to 2002 prevent me from rolling this balance into a qualified plan (e.g. 401(k)) in the future?

No, it doesn't prevent you. However, the plan has to have provisions allowing the contribution of IRAs. The tax law allows it, but the plans don't have to accept them,

2. If the answer to #1 is no, can I make my normal annual contributions to the rollover IRA beginning in 2002 and still roll the balance into an employer's qualified plan at some point in the future?

Any IRA, old 401k etc can be rolled into the new 401k if the rules for your new 401k allow. The IRS rules no longer prohibit it. (Any after tax contributions can't be rolled over, and rolled over amounts have to be separately grouped inside the 401k once it's been an IRA. That's why it's still a good idea not to comingle.)

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