When you leave your job or retire, the decision about where to put the money from your previous employer's retirement plan could make a big impact down the road. To make sure that a rollover is a smart move for you, it is important to understand all your rollover options.

Options Benefits Potential Disadvantages
Roll Over to an American Century Investments® Rollover IRA
  • Control over your investment choices
  • Consolidation of investments
  • No mandatory 20% withholding for federal tax or state withholding
  • No premature withdrawal penalties
  • Can later transfer to a new employer's plan, if the plan allows (except after-tax contribution)
  • Option to transfer to a Rollover IRA, Traditional IRA or Roth IRA, subject to eligibility
  • Traditional and Roth IRAs allow you to make future contributions and consolidate other IRAs and retirement plan assets
  • Withdrawals made before age 59½ may be subject to penalty tax
Roll Over to a New Employer's Retirement Plan
  • Your existing retirement money is consolidated with any contribution to the new plan
  • Continued "tax-deferred" growth
  • No premature withdrawal penalties
  • Can roll over after-tax contributions from your former employer's plan if they allow
  • No 20% withholding for federal income tax or state withholding
  • Investment choices may be limited within new plan
  • May have limited access to your money
Stay in an Old Employer's Retirement Plan
  • Easiest course of action (stay with current investments and no paperwork)
  • Continued "tax-deferred" growth
  • Investment choices may be limited within new plan
  • May have limited access to your money
  • Employer could make changes to the plan, e.g. fund changes, change custodians could close the plan
Cash Out Your Retirement Plan
  • Immediate access to your money
  • Can help meet short-term expenses
  • No premature distribution penalty if you are 55 and take early retirement or 59½ when you terminate employment
  • Could lose more than 45% of your money to penalties and taxes for early withdrawal**
  • Lose tax-deferred* growth benefit
  • Might move into a higher tax bracket
  • Might not have the financial resources needed to cover expenses in retirement

*Taxes are deferred until withdrawn. A 10% penalty may be imposed for early withdrawal (prior to age 55 for qualified retirement plan distributions and age 59½ for IRA distributions).

**Assumes a 35% tax bracket and no exception to withdrawal penalty applies. State income taxes may apply to your distribution. Your tax bracket may be lower.

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This information is for educational purposes only and not intended as tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor for more detailed information or for advice regarding your individual situation.