ph5354a wrote:Are any of the FT workers in here planning on cashing out their retirement fund when they leave their employer? My employer matches 2:1 so I have a nice chunk of change in there. I think I've concluded that I'll cash it out in January, since I'll earn practically nothing in 2014 and the tax implications will be less severe. Ideally, I woud just leave it be, but it doesn't really make sense to do that since I'll be paying 6-8% interest on my living expenses.
Any other thoughts on this?
Pretty sure you also have to pay a penalty of 10% on whatever you take out as a distribution from your 401k. Read the section below I found online:
Exceptions for Early Distributions from a Qualified Retirement Plan such as a 401(k) or 403(b) plan:
Distributions upon the death or disability of the plan participant.
You were age 55 or over and you retired or left your job.
You received the distribution as part of "substantially equal payments" over your lifetime.
You paid for medical expenses exceeding 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.**
The distributions were required by a divorce decree or separation agreement ("qualified domestic relations court order")
Now, if you roll it over to an IRA and then take the money out, you can avoid that penalty as long as it's a "qualified college expense."
Just something to keep in mind before you do anything with the retirement $.