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A qualified distribution is a distribution from a retirement plan that meets certain requirements set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These requirements are designed to ensure that the distribution is used for retirement purposes and not for other purposes, such as paying for current living expenses.

There are two main types of qualified distributions:

* * *Rollovers* *are distributions that are transferred from one retirement plan to another. Rollovers are generally tax-free, as long as the funds are transferred within 60 days of the distribution.
* * *Withdrawals* *are distributions that are taken from a retirement plan and used for any purpose. Withdrawals are subject to income tax, as well as an early withdrawal penalty if the withdrawal is taken before the age of 59 1/2.

In addition to these two main types of qualified distributions, there are also a number of other types of distributions that may qualify for favorable tax treatment. These include distributions that are made to pay for qualified education expenses, medical expenses, or first-time home purchases.

The specific requirements for a distribution to be considered qualified vary depending on the type of distribution. However, some of the most common requirements include:

* The distribution must be made from a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k), IRA, or 403(b).
* The distribution must be made to the participant or the participant's beneficiary.
* The distribution must be made after the participant has reached age 59 1/2.
* The distribution must be made for a qualified purpose, such as retirement, education, or medical expenses.

If a distribution meets all of the requirements for a qualified distribution, it will be taxed at the participant's ordinary income tax rate. However, if the distribution is not a qualified distribution, it will be taxed at a higher rate, which can include an additional 10% early withdrawal penalty.

It is important to understand the different types of qualified distributions and the requirements for each type in order to make sure that your distributions are taxed in the most favorable way possible. If you have any questions about qualified distributions, you should consult with a qualified tax advisor.

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