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401k Rollover to IRA

Considering a 401(k) Rollover?

401k IRA Folders
401k IRA Folders

A Rollover IRA is a retirement account that allows you to move funds from a 401(k) from a previous employer to an IRA. As a result, the assets in your retirement account remain tax-deferred. We will help you understand the potential considerations of what a 401(k) has to offer, so you can make a more informed decision about what is right for you.

What you should know about a 401(k) rollover

Retirement Plan Rollover Choices

Have you changed jobs or are you planning to retire? The information below can help you decide if consolidating your assets into a TD Ameritrade IRA or 401k may be best for you or call 800-213-4583 to speak with a rollover specialist. You have choices when it comes to managing your old 401(k) retirement assets.

Roll over your old 401k into a TDAmeritrade IRA

Advantages
  • Your investments will remain tax-deferred until you withdraw them
  • You will have access to a wide range of investments, including mutual funds, ETFs, stocks, bonds, options and more
  • You will have access to a wide range of tools, resources, and services
  • You may have the flexibility to convert to a Roth IRA
  • You may still have the option to move assets to a future employer's plan later
  • You may be able to take penalty-free withdrawals prior to 59½ in special circumstances (such as higher education expenses, health insurance premiums or a first-time home purchase)
  • Your TD Ameritrade IRA will not incur an annual account maintenance fee
Disadvantages
  • You will not be able to take a loan against your account
  • Any outstanding plan loan balances would need to be repaid prior to rolling over or you may incur income taxes and potentially a 10% tax penalty
  • Your investment activity may incur trading-related expenses, including commissions
  • You may not have access to the exact same investments in an IRA that you had in your plan
  • The level of protection from creditors for assets in an IRA is lower than in a plan
  • If you hold appreciated employer stock in your former employer's plan account, there may be tax consequences. You should consult a tax advisor

Leave the assets in your former employer’s plan

Advantages
  • Your investment plan choices may include low-cost, institutional-class products
  • Your total costs may be lower than other alternatives
  • Your investments will remain tax-deferred until you withdraw them
  • You may be able to take loans against your account
  • You may not have to take any action or complete additional paperwork
  • You may be able to take penalty-free withdrawals if you left your old employer between age 55 and 59
  • Your retirement plan balances may be protected from creditors and legal judgements under federal law
  • You may still be able to roll over to a future employer's plan later
  • You would still have access to investor education, guidance and planning provided to plan participants
  • The investment choices on your plan menu were selected by a plan fiduciary
Disadvantages
  • Your investment choices would be limited to those in the plan
  • Your former employer may pass certain plan administration or recordkeeping fees through to you
  • Even though you would still participate in the plan, you would not be able to contribute any new funds
  • Managing your investments among multiple accounts can be a lot of work

Roll over the assets into a new employer’s plan

Advantages
  • Your total costs may be lower than other alternatives
  • Your investments will remain tax-deferred until you withdraw them
  • You may be able to take loans against your account
  • You may be able to take penalty-free withdrawals if you leave your new employer between age 55 and 59
  • Your retirement plan balances may be protected from creditors and legal judgements under federal law
  • Your plan investment choices may include low-cost, institutional-class products
  • You may have access to investor education, guidance and planning that your new employer provides to plan participants
  • The investment choices on your plan menu were selected by a plan fiduciary
  • If you roll over to a new employer's plan you may not have to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) if you decide to keep working
Disadvantages
  • Your investment choices would be limited to those in the plan
  • Your new employer may pass certain plan administration or recordkeeping fees through to you
  • You may be required to complete paperwork to have your assets moved over
  • If you hold appreciated employer stock in your former employer's plan account, there may be tax consequences. You should consult with a tax advisor.

Take a cash distribution

Advantages
  • Your money (after any taxes and applicable penalties) will be immediately available to you
Disadvantages
  • Your retirement savings will be depleted
  • The amount that you cash out will be subject to mandatory 20% withholding for federal taxes if under age 59½
  • Your distribution will be subject to applicable federal, state and local taxes
  • You may be subject to a 10% penalty if you under the age 59½

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