What do you do with your old retirement plan when you change jobs? First and foremost, don’t take a lump-sum distribution from your old employer’s retirement plan. It generally will be taxable and, if you’re under age 59½, subject to a 10% early-withdrawal penalty.
3 Alternatives to Cashing Out Your Old Retirement Plan:
1. Stay Put: Leave Your Old Retirement Plan in Place
You may be able to leave your money in your old plan. But if you’ll be participating in your new employer’s plan or you already have an IRA, keeping track of multiple plans can make managing your retirement assets more difficult. Also consider how well the old plan’s investment options meet your needs.
2. Roll Over to Your New Employer’s Plan
This may be beneficial if it leaves you with only one retirement plan to keep track of. But evaluate the new plan’s investment options.
3. Roll Your Old Retirement Plan Over to an IRA.
If you participate in a new employer’s plan, this will require keeping track of two plans. But it may be the best alternative because IRAs offer nearly unlimited investment choices. There are additional issues to consider when deciding what to do with your old retirement plan.
Our C&P Wealth Management Team can help you make an informed decision and avoid potential tax traps. Contact James Komos, CPA, CFP™, MAcc at 216-831-7171, firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an inquiry on the contact us page of our website for more information.
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