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Delaying/Avoiding the Lump Sum IRS 20% Pension Tax


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    I don't know much about it, but a quick search suggests you can roll a pension distribution into an IRA account (traditional, I'm assuming, for the tax deduction). Then you would only need to pay taxes at the end of the year on distributions from that IRA. You might look at what tax bracket it would put you in for different withdrawals and find that spacing out repayment of your debts into separate tax years save you more on taxes than the interest you're currently paying.

    "Employers of most pension plans are required to withhold a mandatory 20% of your lump sum retirement distribution when you leave their company. However, you can avoid this tax hit if you make a direct rollover of those funds to an IRA rollover account or another similar qualified plan. Failure to rollover the entire amount of your lump sum distribution may result in your paying unnecessary taxes on all or a portion of your retirement payout."

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