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Penalties for Early Distributions from Retirement Plans

Payments that you receive from your IRA or qualified retirement plan before you reach age 59 are normally called early or premature distributions. These funds are subject to an additional 10 percent tax and must be reported to the IRS.

There are a number of exceptions to the age 59 rule if you make an early withdrawal. Some exceptions apply only to IRAs, some only to qualified retirement plans, and some to both.

In addition to the 10 percent tax on early distributions, you generally must include the distribution in your income. If you received a distribution from an IRA, other than a Roth IRA, to which you made any nondeductible contributions, the portion of the distribution attributable to those contributions is not taxed. If you received a qualified distribution from a Roth IRA, none of the distribution is taxed. If you received a distribution from any other qualified retirement plan, the portion of the distribution attributable to your cost, not including pre-tax contributions, is not taxed.

A rollover is a way to avoid paying tax on early distributions. Generally, a rollover is a tax-free transfer of cash or other assets from an IRA or qualified retirement plan to another eligible retirement plan. An eligible retirement plan is a traditional IRA, a qualified retirement plan, or a qualified annuity plan. You must complete the rollover within 60 days after the day you received the distribution. The amount you roll over is generally taxed when the new plan pays you or your beneficiary.

We highly recommend that you consult with this office prior to taking any distribution from and IRA or any other qualified retirement plan without first consulting with this office. The tax penalties from a distribution prior to age 59 can result in taxes and penalties in excess of 40% of the funds withdrawn and if you reside in a state with state taxes the amount can be close to half. Not a good financial move unless there are no other options. Please call us first!