Think Twice Before Taking an Early Withdrawal from a Retirement Plan

Posted on 07.17.13

thinkIf you are in need of cash, early retirement plan withdrawals generally should be a last resort. With a few exceptions, distributions before age 59½ are subject to a 10% penalty on top of any income tax that ordinarily would be due on a withdrawal. Additionally, you will lose the potential tax-deferred future growth on the withdrawn amount.

If you have a Roth account, you can withdraw up to your contribution amount free of tax and penalty. But you will lose out on potential tax-free growth.

Alternatively, if your employer-sponsored plan, such as a 401(k), allows it, you can take a plan loan. You will have to pay it back with interest and make regular principal payments, but you will not be subject to current taxes or penalties.

Please contact us if you have questions about potential taxes and penalties on early retirement plan withdrawals. We also can help you determine if there are better options available for meeting your cash needs. 804.747.0000 | information@keitercpa.com

Source: PDI Global

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