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Moving jobs? How do you roll over your 401(k).

To determine if a transfer from a traditional 401k to a Roth IRA can be made, it’s a smart idea to consult your tax advisor and the plan administrator. You must complete all forms requested by the Roth IRA provider or your 401 (k) administrator to authorize the rollover. You can withdraw tax-free any earnings that accrue after the rollover if the IRA to which you have moved your assets has been open for at least 5 years and you’re at least 59 1/2.

Rollovers under 401(k).

You can avoid penalties and taxes by choosing this option. Your money will also continue growing tax-deferred. You may also be eligible to receive the advantages of having both your existing and your new company offer investment plans that are different but complementary.

Rollovers can be a great way to consolidate retirement accounts. Consolidating retirement accounts has the advantage of making it less likely that the person will lose them. However, they may want to talk with a financial advisor who can make the appropriate recommendations about how the money should be invested and distributed.

This means you have a new boss and coworkers. You also get new benefits. You might even be eligible for a new plan under your 401(k). Now the big question: “What do you do with your old employer’s 401(k).” Here are some solutions. We have three of them.

Every advisor and brokerage has their own procedure for rolling over. You’ll have to get in touch with the institution to find out exactly what they require. Follow their instructions exactly. For instructions about how to transfer the funds into your existing 401(k), please contact your plan administrator.

401k into a new employer plan

Rollovers can be neither good nor bad by themselves. Each case should be considered when deciding whether to transfer assets.

Good news! You can spend whatever amount you want in your 401k. However, if you leave your company you might have to transfer any retirement funds you had through that company to the new company. You may also need to transfer it or put it into a brokerage account you already own.

Fidelity is not a provider of tax or legal advice. This information is intended to be general in nature, and not as tax or legal advice. Complex tax laws and regulations can change and could have a significant impact on investment returns. Fidelity does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any information. Fidelity does not make any warranties regarding such information and the results it produces. It also disclaims all liability for any loss or damage that may result from your reliance upon such information. Refer to a tax professional or attorney regarding your particular situation.

You can borrow money from many 401(k). Although loans taken from retirement accounts aren’t recommended, this may help in an emergency situation or short-term crisis.

Choose the type of account that you would like

The Retirement Tip of the Week: Are you wondering if it is a good idea to rollover an existing 401(k), or combine several retirement accounts? Be sure to consider the implications of your actions, such as the taxes, fees and the type of investment you will need.

If a 401(k company sends a check to you, they may ask that it be written in a specific way. They might also require that your IRA number is included on the check.

The type of account you are changing (traditional or Roth) will determine whether taxes you have to pay on the rollover. Generally speaking, a Roth IRA account can create a tax liability if you transfer a traditional 401k to a Roth IRA.