1 Any earnings are tax-free if you are at least 59½ or unless you qualify for an exception and the Roth IRA has been funded for at least five years from the year of conversion. There is a 10% additional tax for withdrawals of earnings taken before age 59 ½.
2 For Traditional IRAs — If you withdraw before age 59 ½ you may be subject to a 10% early withdrawal additional tax unless one of the following exceptions apply: qualified higher education expenses; qualified first home purchase (lifetime limit of $10,000); certain major medical expenses; certain long-term unemployment expenses; disability; or substantially equal periodic payments.
3 You have choices for what to do with your employer sponsored retirement plan. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth, roll over to an employer sponsored plan from a prior employer to an employer sponsored plan at your new employer, take a distribution or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment and provide different protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. Visit http://www.merrilledge.com/retirement/rollover-ira or call a Merrill Edge rollover specialist at 1.888.637.3343 for additional information about your choices.
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