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Subject:  Terminating with ESOP program Date:  11/4/1998  11:01 AM
Author:  gteton Number:  6121 of 127613

When you leave a company that has an ESOP program, you can take the stock with you or "cash-out" and roll this into an IRA. If you want to keep the stock, and are less than 59 years old, what options do you have? Can you do a "direct" rollover of stock to an IRA? If not, would you be subject to the 10% penalty for early withdrawl? Would it make more sense to pay the taxes/penalty on a stock which has increase substantially (3X) over the life of the ESOP?

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