Income tax withholding/direct rollovers
Distributions and withdrawals from the Plan are generally "eligible rollover distributions." This means that all or a portion of the distributions can be rolled over in a "direct rollover" to an eligible retirement plan (which may be a qualified plan, a Section 408 individual retirement account or annuity (IRA), a Section 403(a) annuity, a Section 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity, a Section 457 governmental plan, or a Roth IRA) that accepts rollovers. If you choose a direct rollover, the Plan will issue a check directly to the eligible retirement plan, and you will not be taxed until you later take it out of the eligible retirement plan (unless the direct rollover is to a Roth IRA, in which case you will be taxed at the time of the rollover).
If you are making a rollover from your Roth pay deferral account or Roth rollover account, the rollover may be made to another Roth account under a tax-qualified retirement plan or to a Roth IRA.
If you receive an eligible rollover distribution from the Plan and do not choose a direct rollover, the Plan is required by law to withhold Federal income taxes of 20% of that amount. The amount of the distribution will be subject to tax in that year unless, within 60 days, you roll it over to an eligible retirement plan that accepts rollovers.
A distribution or withdrawal from the Plan is not an eligible rollover distribution, and is not subject to the above rules, if:
- It is paid in installments over a period of 10 years or more;
- It is paid in installments over your life expectancy (or joint life expectancy of you and your beneficiary); or
- It is a hardship withdrawal.
In addition, beginning in the year you reach 72 (age 73 if you were born after December 31, 1950) or retire (whichever is later), a certain portion of your payment cannot be rolled over because it is a "required minimum payment" that must be paid to you.
A payment from the Plan that is not an eligible rollover distribution is not subject to the direct rollover and mandatory withholding rules described above. If any portion of your distribution is not an eligible rollover distribution, you may elect not to have withholding apply to that portion.