Take Regular Withdrawals at Retirement

Did you know that there are several ways you can start receiving your retirement funds? You might be surprised at how many choices you have. Don't be overwhelmed! It's a good thing to have so many choices — because you've got a better chance of finding a payout option that fits you best.

Staying put

No one said you have to take your money when you're ready to retire. If you're in a good position and can let your money stay and possibly grow, you can stay put! Your money can potentially continue to grow until you're required to take a distribution at age 70½.

Of course, investing involves market risk, including possible loss of the money invested. But, as we have throughout your participation in the Plan, your Retirement Specialist will help you understand how to deal with and adjust for market risk through retirement.

Withdrawal Options

  • Systematic withdrawal – This option allows your investments to stay active while you receive regular payments. You have two payment options:
    • Receive a fixed amount at the frequency you select (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually) until your account balance reaches zero.
    • Choose how long and how frequently (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually) you would like to be paid – payment amounts will vary based on the performance of your investments and will continue until your account balance reaches zero.

You can continue to manage and change your investment options while receiving systematic withdrawals. Since market risk is involved, you may not be paid as much or as long as you originally expected, depending on the performance of your investments.  Withdrawals are taxable as income to you in the year the payments are made.

  • Lump Sum – With a lump sum withdrawal you receive the entire balance of your account, and the account is closed. Unless the money is rolled over into another qualifying plan within 60 days of receipt, we will withhold 20% on all lump sum withdrawals. Keep in mind that receiving a lump sum may push you into a higher tax bracket. Qualifying Roth 457 withdrawals may be taken tax-free, however, certain requirements may need to be met.
  • Partial Lump Sum – With a partial lump sum withdrawal, you can take part of your account balance as a lump sum, and leave the remainder in your account. Again, your money can stay in your account, regardless of your employment status.
  • Fixed annuity – An annuity is a contract issued by an insurance company. When you purchase an annuity, you can decide whether to be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. All annuities are not the same, so it's important to learn the differences. For example, some annuities allow beneficiaries, and some do not.

Remember that qualified plans or individual retirement accounts are not the same and some may be subject to a 10% penalty tax for withdrawals prior to age 59½.

Get the help you need

Contact a Retirement Specialist to discuss which withdrawal option works best for you. Neither Nationwide nor its representatives may offer tax or legal advice. You should consult your own counsel before making any decisions about plan withdrawals.

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