Retirement plan withdrawals: An essential guide

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Answers to key questions about when and how you can take money out of your IRA and 401(k) and what taxes you could face.
After years or even decades of diligently funding your retirement accounts, you're looking to withdraw all or some of that money. Depending on your age and what you intend to use the funds for — and whether your assets are in an IRA or 401(k) and whether the account is traditional or a Roth — the tax treatment of your withdrawal can quickly become complicated. Kevin O'Neil, managing director and product management executive, Personal Retirement Solutions, Investment Solutions Group at Bank of America, answers common questions about when, why and how you can withdraw funds from your retirement accounts.

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Footnote 1 Effective January 1, 2024, RMDs are no longer required for Roth 401(k) accounts during the participant's lifetime. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding your specific situation.

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