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Horrible Ways to Withdraw from Your Retirement Account

Horrible Ways to Withdraw from Your Retirement Account

Poor and unplanned withdrawal from your retirement account could translate to huge fees that cost you dearly in retirement income. 

It is normal to consider how to withdraw from a retirement account effectively. However, many studies reveal that a lot of American seniors admit that their financial planning needs improvement. As a result, this article will explore some of the most horrible mistakes you can make when it comes to withdrawing from your retirement account.


  1. Failure to Start from Your Investment Income

If your withdrawal is from your investment, it gives your retirement account ample time to generate interest. However, diving straight into your retirement account (IRA or 401(k)) could cost you years of income in your retirement savings.

No matter what you have: brokerage account, stocks, ETFs, Bonds, etc., everything is taxable, making capital gains tax compulsory on withdrawals. In addition, there are investments (like mutual funds, for instance) in which you can't escape taxes on the distribution for each year. Get in touch with a trusted fiduciary financial advisor to know if this applies to your account as well. 


  1. Claiming Your Social Security Benefits at 62

People who want their full Social Security benefits need to work until the full retirement age to qualify because the benefits at age 62, 65, or 67 cannot be the maximum benefits you will have. At age 70, you get the maximum retirement benefit which means claiming before disqualifying you from the full benefit.

Every year after getting to your full retirement age, what you get rises by a given percentage based on some specific criteria. As a result, it is good to wait until you get to 70 years as the payment will be highest and possibly increase every year.

This is a tested strategy that can give you the highest benefit in terms of social security benefits. However, every situation differs, making it essential to talk to a financial advisor on the best time to factor benefits from social security into your retirement plan and how to achieve it.

 

  1. Not Waiting for the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) before withdrawing from your IRA and 401(k)

As soon as some people get to 59 ½, they believe it is time to withdraw funds from their 401(k), which is not a good idea. Based on the law, you should get to age 72 before taking the Required Minimum Distribution, which allows your funds to grow steadily with compound interest.


  1. Withdrawing from Your Roth before Other Options are Exhausted 

As long as you can, delay withdrawing funds from your Roth IRA. 

Since the taxes were paid upfront, any money you take from your Roth IRA will not be classified as taxable income. 

Also, there will not be taxes on the interest of your Roth IRA as you withdraw from other funds. Since all funds directed to a Roth IRA are an after-tax dollar, Uncle Sam will no longer tax it, so there is no need to take the required Minimum Distributions. As long as you let the account be, the account will keep growing.

 

Best Ways to Structure Your Withdrawal 

The best sequence and strategy to withdraw from a retirement account is unique for everyone. As a result, you are better off speaking with a financial advisor. 

Speaking with a financial planner increases your chances of achieving your retirement goals. It can go a long way in helping to establish your retirement needs. 


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