401(k) Rollovers

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What Does 401(k) Rollover to IRA Mean?

"Rolling over" your 401(k) involves moving the money to a new retirement account. Typically, this means rolling the tax-advantaged funds into your new employer's 401(k) or into an individual retirement account (IRA).

When Is My 401(k) Rollover Counted as Income?

Most 401(k) retirement plans come from pre-tax paycheck contributions and are rolled into a Traditional IRA (designed for pre-tax income) - this means that a 401(k) rolled into an IRA does not count as income. Similarly, a Roth 401(k) rolled into a Roth IRA is not counted as income. However, a 401(k) rolled over into a Roth IRA may count as income since a Roth IRA consists of post-tax earnings. Ask your financial advisor how you can avoid rollovers with tax implications.

Should I Roll Over My 401(k)?

You don't have to roll over your 401(k) after leaving a job. However, you won't be able to make additional contributions unless you roll it over into a new individual retirement account (IRA).  Additionally, if you do not rollover your 401(k) plan then your investment options will be limited to only those that are available in your former employer's plan.

What Are the Tax Implications of a 401(k) Rollover?

There are three choices when it comes to rolling over your 401(k):

  • Cashing out your retirement plan after leaving a job subjects the funds to income taxes, and early withdrawal fees if you are younger than 59.5.
  • You can leave the funds where they are without incurring tax penalties until you're ready to move them.
  • Rolling over your 401(k) into another individual retirement account (IRA) or to a new 401(k) doesn't incur tax penalties unless you withdraw the money from the old plan and fail to roll it over to a new 401(k) plan or IRA within 60 days.

What Is the 401(k) to IRA Rollover Limit?

There are no monetary limits to how much you can roll over from a 401(k) to a traditional IRA or from a Roth 401(k) to a Roth IRA.

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