Option #2: Receive the distribution in a check made payable to you.
If you choose to have your retirement plan benefits paid to you, consider the following:
- Your distribution will be subject to a 20% mandatory withholding tax, which means you will receive only 80% of your retirement savings.
- Your distribution will be subject to federal income tax in the year received unless you roll it over within 60 days of receiving your check.
- You can roll over 100% of the distribution eligible for rollover treatment by replacing the 20% that was withheld with money from your other savings. You will receive credit for the 20% withheld when you file your federal income tax return for that year.
- If you only roll over the 80% of your distribution that you received, the 20% withheld will be considered taxable income and will be subject to current federal income taxes and a possible 10% early withdrawal penalty. Depending on where you live, state and local taxes may apply as well.
How can you avoid paying unnecessary taxes and penalties?
Consider a Northern Funds Rollover IRA or have your money transferred directly to your new employer's qualified plan.
Direct Rollover Advantages
- Your money can continue to grow tax-deferred until withdrawn
- Avoids 20% mandatory withholding tax
- Avoids 10% early withdrawal penalty
Option #1: Request a direct rollover into a Rollover IRA.
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