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Subject: Re: got no ira, yet Date: 11/1/2000 7:40 PM
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Not quite. To get to a Roth IRA from a 401k without paying penalities you have to do things right.
First you move the 401k to a traditional IRA.
Then you move the IRA to a Roth. You must pay taxes on the amount moved, but no penalties as long as everything is custodian-to-custodian transfer. You can pay the taxes from outside the IRA, so that helps
you maximize your retirement accounts.
If your Roth is with a discount broker, you have a myriad of stocks you can invest in. This is likely to have much greater growth potential than the choices offered by your 401k custodian.
Just be sure you arrange custodian to custodian and don't get your hands on the money, or it is a premature distribution, you'd have to pay 10% penalty. Further, you are only allowed to contribute $2000 a year to an IRA, whether traditional or Roth; to put more in, you have to do the rollover.
Best wishes, Chris
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