Individual Retirement Accounts

401k Withdrawals

401k withdrawals are allowed in most 401k plans for many reasons. Some 401k withdrawals are taxed while other 401k withdrawals are tax exempt. The rules concerning 401k withdrawals are specific to each 401k retirement plan offered by each company. The most common 401k withdrawals are withdrawals at retirement which are not tax free but penalty free. If a 401k withdrawal is made before retirement, then it is considered a 401k early withdrawal.


401k Withdrawals
Reasons for 401k withdrawals

Besides withdrawing from your 401k at retirement, you can withdraw from your 401k for other purposes as well as take out a loan against your 401k. If you have a hardship, the 401k hardship provision allows you to take 401k withdrawals if your hardship qualifies. However, it is difficult to qualify for hardship 401k withdrawals.

If there is no hardship or your hardship does not qualify for the withdrawals, it is up to the individual's 401k plan whether 401k withdrawals are allowed or not. No matter the reasons for withdrawing from a 401k plan, you will have to pay taxes on the 401k withdrawal amount as well as the early withdrawal penalty (10% on the amount withdrawn) if you are not withdrawing at retirement age (59 ½,).

Rolling over 401k withdrawals

When you change jobs, you often need to do something with your 401k plan. Most people rollover the 401k assets into an IRA or individual retirement account. It is easy to rollover a 401k into an IRA. You don't have to take any 401k withdrawals and risk having to pay taxes or penalties. You can just do a trustee to trustee transfer of assets or a direct rollover.