What Happens to your 401(k) When You Leave Your Job?

What Happens to your 401(k) When You Leave Your Job?

April 29, 2021
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IRA Rollovers

Have you recently retired, quit, or been let go at work? What happens to the money you have saved in your employee retirement plan?

Whenever you leave your job, there is a lot to think about. Whether you left willingly or not, you have a lot of decisions to make. Where will I get my heath insurance? Will I get a new job? How will this affect my short-term financial plan? For many of us, these immediate needs overshadow the long-term planning goals you have set for retirement. However, failing to address your retirement needs could cost you more than you realize.  

If you have ended your employment, you have
4 choices when it comes to your retirement plan money:

  • Cash it out (and lose part of it to taxes and possible tax penalties)
  • Leave the money in the plan (with only a handful of investment options)
  • Roll it into a new workplace retirement plan (with limited investment choices)
  • Roll it over into an IRA (with no taxable event occurring, and with the ability to direct the money into many different types of investments)

Consider an IRA rollover. This could be a smart move, and we can help you accomplish it. Through a trustee-to-trustee transfer, you avoid the 20% withholding tax that would otherwise be incurred by simply taking a distribution from the old plan and depositing that money in an IRA. 

Want more tax-deferred growth for your retirement savings? An IRA rollover allows that to happen. You get continued tax deferral, you retain personal control over the money, and you can revise or change your investment mix as you wish.

If you have recently terminated your employment or you are planning to retire or change jobs, please reach out. We would be happy to be a resource to help you make a plan for your old retirement account and any new retirement accounts with your new employer. We know that these big life changes leave you with a lot of decisions. We would love to help you with financial strategies that help you to work toward your future financial goals. 

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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