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I had received a check from a previous job from my 401k. I now have a 1099-R to report and now I’m being penalized for it. How does this work? Since I quit the job what I paid in would be mine co

 
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JohnB5677
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I had received a check from a previous job from my 401k. I now have a 1099-R to report and now I’m being penalized for it. How does this work? Since I quit the job what I paid in would be mine co

When you contributed to your 401 K your income on your W-2 was reduced by that amount and you didn't pay taxes on it.  Now,  because the money was taken out.  The IRS wants the taxes.  In addition, if you're not 59 1/2 when it comes out, you will pay an additional 10% penalty.

 

The only thing you could have done is to transfer (roll it over) into an IRA.  Unfortunately, that is not an option now.

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I had received a check from a previous job from my 401k. I now have a 1099-R to report and now I’m being penalized for it. How does this work? Since I quit the job what I paid in would be mine co

Or there is an exception to the 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty if you were 55 or older when you left that job.

 

Sorry if you owe the 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty you had 60 days to roll it over to a IRA to avoid the tax and penalties.

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