Among the many great benefits of working for AT&T is the ability to open and invest in a 401(k) account. It serves as an additional financial vehicle that can be used to supplement your AT&T pension. However, there are many questions to be answered when it comes to your 401(k): Which funds should I invest in? Can I withdraw funds before I retire? What about taxes and penalties? Can I roll over my 401(k) before I retire?
Whatever your situation might be, the following are instances on why an IRA rollover may make sense for you:
MORE FLEXIBILITY AND CHOICES THAT FIT YOUR SITUATION While the AT&T 401(k) plan offers you the benefit of having a variety of investments for you to pick and choose from, an IRA offers a much larger pool of investments than a company-sponsored retirement plan typically will. With an IRA, you have the ability to invest in most publicly offered investments.
Having an IRA you have more options for investment vehicles at your disposal which gives you more investment options and the flexibility to tailor an investment portfolio around your situation, your goals, and how much risk you are willing to take. As a further benefit, your fees may also lower with less expensive investments.
NOT HAVING ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET Investors will always tell you to never “put all of your eggs in one basket” – mainly because you could lose everything in a quick amount of time. However, under the IRA umbrella, you may diversify funds in different types of investments that may offer potential growth, liquidity, and guarantees.
KEEPING TAX BENEFITS THE SAME IRA’s provides similar tax advantages that 401(k)’s and other retirement plans provide. You may also add additional years of contributions to this account but there are restrictions based on age. You can only contribute up to $6,000 under the age of 50 or $7,000 for individuals 50 and over ¹. This flexibility also offers you the ability to convert your Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA at any time free of penalties, but regular taxes on the conversion will apply.*
AVOIDING PENALTIES WHILE MAINTAINING GROWTH If you are under the age of 59 ½ and withdraw funds from your 401(k), the funds withdrawn are subject to both income tax and a 10% early withdrawal penalty.
However, funds that are directly transferred to a Traditional IRA are not subject to income taxes or early withdrawal penalties. Further, assets rolled over to an IRA can remain invested and can continue to experience growth.
Many people decide to roll over a portion of their 401(k), in order to protect themselves from future market losses, while still working and continuing to contribute and take advantage of the AT&T employer match.
THE FACT IS, YOU WILL BENEFIT WITH INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE Having someone help you plan for retirement income takes one less thing off your plate and gives you greater freedom to enjoy your life. An IRA will give you access to a wider range of investment strategies that will help both protect and grow your funds over time.
If you have any questions or want more information on rolling over your 401(k) into an IRA, feel free to give us a call at 866.QUEST.01 (866.783.7801) for a no-obligation consultation with one of our financial advisors.
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*Although qualified withdrawals form a Roth IRA are tax free, when converting a Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA, the entire converted taxable amount is reportable as income in the year of conversion.
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