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Friday, February 21, 2014

401K Rollover WARNING!

Folks - just a friendly reminder. I wrote a blog about QDRO's a few days past, and I had a couple of questions asked as follow-up to that post. There is a critical error you want to watch for when dealing with 401K and other "qualified plan based" retirement programs. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS do a rollover from the source retirement plan into a qualified retirement account (usually an IRA of some type is easiest and fastest to setup).

There are some exceptions to this -- especially for folks that are particularly young, or for emergency situations. Here is why you want to do this:

  • There is a 10% penalty if you withdraw funds from a retirement plan before you are 59.5 years old. You do not have this penalty if the funds are rolled into another retirement account.
  • Taxes are withdrawn from the amount transferred unless the funds are stored in a qualified retirement account.


If you have funds you need moved from an employer qualified plan, be certain to speak to a professional who can help you. Mistakes here can be disastrous.

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