Leaving job but waiting to start another? Consider moving 401(k) funds into traditional IRA

Q: I’m retiring from my job soon, but I plan on getting another job. I have a pension and a 401(k), and I would like to know am I allowed to have a gap in time between having my 401(k) at my current job and moving it to another job? — J.R., OrlandoA:...

Leaving job but waiting to start another? Consider moving 401(k) funds into traditional IRA

Q: I’m retiring from my job soon, but I plan on getting another job. I have a pension and a 401(k), and I would like to know am I allowed to have a gap in time between having my 401(k) at my current job and moving it to another job? — J.R., Orlando

A: An option is to have your former employer do a direct transfer from your 401(k) to a traditional IRA if you aren’t starting your new job anytime soon and if you don’t want to leave your 401(k) at your former employer. The direct transfer will allow you to avoid the mandatory 20 percent tax withholding that your former employer must do when you close your 401(k). — Jerry Mitchell

Q: I am receiving income from a relative overseas who sold a piece of property.  Will I owe any income taxes on this distributions? — O.K., Leesburg

A: You would need to talk to a CPA familiar with international tax treaties on how this will be treated and whether you would need to report the income to the IRS. If you are required to pay taxes in the other country that might allow for a credit against any U.S. income taxes that may be required. — Chris Toadvine

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