For 401(k), 403(b), TSP, or Other Tax-deferred Accounts
Thinking about rolling over your 401(k) into an IRA? We help our clients navigate this process and offer recommendations on how to re-position these assets within the structure of a sound retirement income strategy.
For the most part, there is really only one good reason to contribute to a 401(k) plan, and that is the free money you get from the employer match. Some companies will match up to 100% of your contributions.
When you retire, this benefit is lost, and all you’re left with are the limitations that a 401(k) imposes, including:
Restricted access to your funds
Limited investment options
Risk to principal by way of market exposure
Limited distribution flexibility in regards to beneficiaries
The Better Option: IRA Rollover
Using a tax-free rollover, you can transfer your funds into your own individual retirement account, or IRA. Benefits include:
Continued tax-deferred growth
Control where the money is invested without the restrictions of the previous plan
Protect your money from market corrections
Provides an opportunity for a non-spouse beneficiary to take withdrawals based on the beneficiary's age rather than the age of the donor (stretch option)
Direct rollover from your current custodian to a new custodian avoids the 20% mandatory withholding
If you’re still working and have a tax-deferred account with your current employer, you can diversify by executing an in-service rollover. With this strategy, you can move a portion of the balance to an IRA. This will allow you to keep the current employer-sponsored account active and make regular contributions, while enjoying the advantages of an IRA sooner - essentially, the best of both worlds.