401(k) Rollover to IRA

Know and understand your 401(k) options
We can help you determine where to put your money to reach your retirement goals.

You have 401(k) options

You have 401(k) options

Understand your 401(k) options

Typically when you get a new job, you have four options for handling your old 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. Each choice offers advantages and disadvantages, and you may engage in a combination of these options:

  1. Roll your 401(k) over to an IRA.
  2. Roll over the assets to a new employer's retirement plan, if one is available.
  3. Leave the money in the former employer's retirement plan, if permitted.
  4. Cash out the account value.

We recommend you discuss each of these alternatives for your 401(k) with one of our financial advisors. They will work with you to help you identify which option is best for your retirement goals and current financial situation.


What are the benefits of rolling a 401(k) over to an IRA?

After talking with our wealth management team, if you decide rolling over to an IRA is the best option for you, we're here to help. By rolling your 401(k) into an IRA at Mountain America Credit Union, you will have the following account advantages:

  • Freedom to invest your retirement funds the way you prefer.
  • Hands-on help with allocating and diversifying your assets.
  • More control, since you are not limited to your previous employer’s retirement plan or administration fees.

How can I roll over my 401(k)?

How can I roll over my 401(k)?

Your questions answered

One of the reasons a 401(k) is great is because your assets are portable if you start a new job. Your rollover options typically include moving your assets to an IRA or your new employer’s retirement plan. Other options include taking a cash distribution or leaving the funds in your previous employer’s retirement plan.

To help you decide which option is best, here are some pros and cons:

Rolling over to an IRA


  • The money will continue to grow tax-deferred.
  • You may be given access to new investment choices.


  • You can’t borrow against an IRA like you can with a 401(k).
  • You may have to pay annual or other types of fees.

Rolling over to a new 401(k)


  • Any earnings you accumulate are tax-deferred.
  • There’s a chance you can borrow against your new 401(k).


  • There could be negative tax implications from rolling over your previous company’s stock.
  • Your investment choices may be limited with a new account.

Taking a cash distribution


  • It’s always a good idea to have cash on hand, especially if there is a financial need.


  • Sometimes the taxes and penalties are large for taking your 401(k) in cash.
  • If you’re younger than 59.5, you will accrue a ten percent early withdrawal penalty that will be taxed as income.

Leaving your assets in your former employer’s plan


  • You have time to decide before taking action.
  • Your earnings remain tax-deferred until you extract them.


  • You can no longer contribute to your former employee’s 401(k).
  • The fees may be higher than what you’d pay with a new 401(k) account or IRA.

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