In case you possess a 401k, you can turn them into an IRA or any other kind of plan that is qualified for a rollover, without about tax penalties. Below you will find an assessment of some 401(k) rollover regulations:
You got 60 days to complete the rollover after you get the funds from your 401(k) plan. The IRS will handle your cash as taxable distribution in case you don’t complete the task in time. Moreover, the IRS will also include a 10% penalty on the withdrawal besides the normal income taxation in case you are not 59 and half years old.
You can roll your 401(k) plan into an IRA only once per year. The time period starts in the same day when you get your 401(k) distribution. You get the same period for each IRA that you possess.
Buying investments in the period in between obtaining 401(k) distribution and creating your IRA is prohibited if you want to use the money from your distribution.
It’s recommended that you pick the option to do a “direct rollover” with your 401k cash. You will never get a check for your distribution in case you select this option. The money will be transferred straight into your new IRA plan.
401k Plan vs IRA vs 403b vs Other Retirement Plans
Below you will find a table that helps you differentiate 401(k) plans from other retirement vehicles.
|Plan Type||Sponsorship||2014 Contribution Limit||Roth Option?||Allow Gold Stocks?||Allow Gold ETFs?||Allow Gold Bullion|
|401(k)||Private Employer||$17,500 / $23,000||Yes||Maybe||Maybe||No|
|Solo 401(k)||Self-employed||$17,500 / $23,000||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Keogh Plan||Self-employed or Unincorporated Employer||$52,000||No||Maybe||Maybe||No|
|403(b)||Government or Non-profit Employer||$17,500 / $23,000||Yes||Maybe||Maybe||No|
|457(b)||Government or Tax-exempt Employer||$17,500 / $23,000||Yes||Maybe||Maybe||No|
|SIMPLE IRA||Private Employer||$12,000 / $14,500||Yes||Yes||Yes||Maybe|
|SEP IRA||Business Owners & Self-employed||$52,000||Yes||Yes||Yes||Maybe|
|Profit Sharing Plan||Private Employer||$52,000||No||Maybe||No||No|
|Money Purchase Plan||Private Employer||$52,000||No||Maybe||Maybe||No|
|Traditional IRA||Individual||$5,500 / $6,500||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Precious Metals IRA||Individual||$5,500 / $6,500||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)||Government or Military||$53,000||No||No||No||No|