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How to Withdraw Retirement Funds

How to Withdraw Retirement Funds PhotoBefore you make plans for your retirement, you will need to withdraw your retirement funds first. But how do you do this the proper way? The tips below will teach you how. Who knows, you might get that extravagant vacation earlier than you originally plan.

The 401(k)

First and foremost, you have to determine what age you plan to retire. And set a time frame of when you want to withdraw your retirement funds. Although you may be reluctant planning this out when you are still in your 30s or 20s, it does have its advantages down the stretch. And you will save yourself a lot of headaches in the future.

According to the terms and conditions of RMD (Required Minimum Distributions), the 401(k) rule states that most distributions should be withdrawn on or before the age of 59 ½ or else you will incur withdrawal penalty. If you happen to be 70 ½ years old or older by the time of distribution, according to 401(k) rule, you can choose not to withdraw your whole retirement funds.

The 70 ½ age and above

If you are in a traditional IRA (Internal Revenue Agency), you can only start taking withdrawals by the age of 70 ½ and above. This is also known as the required minimum distributions. However, if you don’t withdraw any required distribution, IRS will impose a fifty percent penalty from a supposed withdraw to take required minimum distribution.

Substantially Equal Periodic Payment (SEPP) Programs

You can withdraw retirement funds if you own an IRA. However, you are required to leave an amount (determined by SEPP) to continue to this program for a minimum of five years.

Familiarize the rule how to avoid penalty

IRA gives penalty exemptions for retirement funds withdrawal only. The conditions are as follows:

  • The account holder is deceased or permanently disabled.
  • IRA distribution will be used for unanticipated medical expenses.
  • The account holder has begun taking distributions from the retirement plan equal with annual installments.
  • The retirement distribution is intended for someone as part of property settlement with Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) like separation or divorce agreement.
  • The retirement fund is directly relocated between two institutions by following the IRA rollover guidelines.

With any of those specific conditions, you can ask tax exemptions from the Internal Revenue Service.

403(b) Retirement Account

If you are working in public education organizations, cooperative hospital service organizations, self-employed ministers in the United States and some non-profit employers, you can avail tax-advantage retirement savings.

It is like with the 401(k) rule. However, before income tax is paid, employee salary rearrangements are made and allowed to grow tax-deferred until the money is taxed as income.

It pays to know all the rules and conditions in withdrawing your Retirement fund. Age does matter upon withdrawal. Thus, acquiring it as early as possible eliminates penalty in the long run. Also, paperwork on your retirement withdrawal should be kept. Don’t forget that at the end of the year, you will have to submit all of your IRA (Internal Revenue Agency) distributions.