Maintain your tax-deferred benefits by moving your money into an IRA
An excellent way to preserve the tax-deferred benefits of your investment from your previous employer’s
retirement plan is to transfer or “rollover” your money into an IRA.
By moving your money into a Rollover IRA, you may avoid an immediate 20% federal tax withholding. Depending on your tax bracket, other federal taxes may apply when you file your income taxes (additional state and local taxes may apply). In addition, you may pay a 10% IRS penalty if you are under the age of 59 ½ (additional state penalties may apply). By moving your money into a Rollover IRA, you may avoid these tax implications. If you decide to take a lump sum distribution from your retirement plan, are under the age of 59 ½, and you fall within the 28% tax bracket, here’s what will happen to your savings balance:
|Original Account Balance:
|20% immediate Federal Tax Withholding
|8% Additional Federal Taxes Due at Filing
||- $2,400 |
|10% IRS Early Withdrawal Penalty
|What’s left …
Not including any additional state penalties or state and local taxes you may have to pay, it would cost you $11,400 to take all your cash out of your prior plan! If you leave it in your previous plan or roll over your $30,000 you get to avoid paying all those taxes or penalties.
Also, you can take this opportunity to rebalance your retirement portfolio to conform your investment strategy. You also have the possibility of moving your money into a future employer’s plan. In addition, you can consolidate other retirement money into the Rollover IRA.
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* Securities are offered through Transamerica Investors Securities Corporation (TISC), Member FINRA, 440 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528. Transamerica Retirement Solutions and TISC are affiliated companies.