If you are preparing to change jobs, do you know what your choices are for managing the money in your current employer’s retirement plan? Although many people choose to take a cash distribution, there are other options that may benefit you more.
Taking a lump-sum cash distribution may trigger an immediate 20% federal withholding tax. In addition, a 10% additional tax may apply if you are younger than age 59½.¹ Taking your money as a cash withdrawal also means that you’ll no longer enjoy the potential benefits of tax deferral that a qualified retirement plan offers.
Depending on your circumstances, you may have several options that will allow you to maintain the tax-deferred status of your retirement plan assets:
(1)If you plan to change jobs, don’t just take the money and run. Since rules vary from company to company, find the time to explore your alternatives. If you have specific questions about your retirement plan distribution options, contact your employer’s benefits coordinator or a qualified financial consultant.
If you’re age 55 or older and separate from service, the 10% additional tax might not apply for certain periodic withdrawals taken from an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Keep in mind that the 10% additional tax may be incurred on distributions taken from an IRA prior to age 59½.
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