Unexpected events happen to everyone. Unfortunately, some people must make necessary financial sacrifices to withstand such circumstances. One of the sacrifices people make is withdrawing from their retirement early. This quick-cash method can produce significant tax penalties if enacted. Consider the following information before pulling from your retirement early:
- Flexibility Within 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) Plans
Taxpayers can withdraw from these plans only if an event of hardship occurs. A Hardship Distribution is when a taxpayer withdraws from their retirement savings earlier than their declared withdrawal date. The date is normally set to sometime after the taxpayer turns 70. Support needed for spouses or dependents is included in these policies.
The withdrawal is limited to the financial need of the taxpayer. Repayments for hardships are not permitted. The eligibility for early distribution should be accurately stated within the plan description. Withdrawals made before the set age or date are subject to an early withdrawal penalty.
- Distribution Related to Divorce
If a taxpayer is experiencing a divorce, they may be eligible for early distribution. If a withdrawal from a traditional IRA is made early to supplement divorce requirements, the amount is subject to a 10% early withdrawal penalty. Exceptions on this income tax can be made according to the case.
The options listed in this article are not exhaustive for taxpayers. The IRS provides many helpful alternatives for hardships. If you want to learn more about what to do when considering withdrawing early from retirement, contact us by visiting www.expatriatetaxreturns.com. We are excited to give you the help you need.