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Please read the 2 posts from Edcosoft and Badger carefully and then go see an experienced tax advisor.

They both bring up some very good points to the table for your specific situation. The 5 year averaging and the in-kind distribution of employer stock are advanced tax planning considerations of the code for qualified plans.

You will need to run the numbers yourself, but the pain of immediate taxes may actually be better for you than the deferral of taxes.
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