When Can I Take Money Out Of My 401k ?  

The official age limit for any withdrawals made from the 401k account has been determined at 59 and half years. One is expected to start withdrawing latest by the age of 70. But due to the recent fall in the stock markets, people are concerned even more about when they can start withdrawing especially for those who have been adversely affected by the recent recession.

One can withdraw at any point but should be willing to pay a ridiculously high penalty and tax. Loans, on the other hand, are advisable because they can be paid back over a period of time with interest. The interest therefore is returned to the very place it came from. According to government rules, the 401k loans must be easily available to all.

According to new laws, one’s company cannot shut down an employee’s 401k account even on termination from the company, if the employee has a minimum balance of $1,000 in the account. Before the revision, the minimum amount was $5,000. On changing jobs, one is allowed to either shift the account to the new company or to another retirement account. One can also choose to cash out everything but needs to be very clear about the penalties and taxes involved.

Bur not everything is like a bed of roses. There can be some companies who do not allow employees to withdraw from their 401k accounts. In the event that it is allowed in the company, the employee must speak to the human resource staff to know all the details as well as all the potentially bankrupting taxes and penalties which will be asked for at the time of withdrawal. One can take a loan of up to half of their total vested balance in the 401k account. The minimum amount that must be withdrawn is $1,000. Also, one is only allowed a limited number of withdrawals.

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