Is it Time For a Rollover?
In this time of job-changing and downsizing, you may need guidance on what to do with the assets you have accumulated in your company sponsored retirement plan. You may choose to preserve income tax benefits by rolling over into a Rollover IRA, or take the lump sum and pay the tax and penalties. Some companies even allow former employees to keep a retirement account intact until they reach retirement age.
What is a Rollover?
Rollover means to move money from a 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan into an IRA. If you receive a payout from your company-sponsored retirement plan, choosing a rollover IRA could be to your advantage. You will continue to receive the tax-deferred status on your retirement savings and you will avoid penalties and taxes.
Making Contributions to a Rollover IRA
The Rollover IRA is usually funded by the eligible distributions from a qualified company-sponsored retirement plan. These distributions can be combined with an existing IRA or placed into a separate IRA. If you create a separate IRA for your rollover, you can easily move these funds to another employer sponsored plan in the future if the company allows this. It's a good idea to keep your rollover IRA separate from any other IRA's you might have because once you make contributions to a rollover that are not from a company sponsored plan, you lose the right to move this rollover to a company sponsored plan in the future.
Distributions from a rollover IRA
The distribution rules for a Rollover IRA are the same as the rules for a traditional IRA. Contributions and earnings are taxed when withdrawn after age 59 1/2. Withdrawals before the age 59 1/2 are taxable and subject to an early withdrawal penalty with certain exceptions. Withdrawals must begin by the year after you reach 70 1/2 to avoid penalties.
Your employer can directly rollover your retirement plan payout into a Rollover IRA and you will avoid the IRS withholding tax.
Before making any decisions about your pension distributions, be sure to contact us so that we can discuss the options that best fit your needs.