How much could I keep if I withdraw a rollover-IRA early?

If I cashed in $1,000,000 rollover IRA, how much am I likely to keep after state, local, penalties, etc?

I live in California and am <50 years old.  If annual income matters, let's say married <$140K.

4 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Favorite Answer

    A little less than half. When a married couple has $612,351 or more of taxable income, including the IRA withdrawal, in any one year, the federal tax rate is 37% on some of the income; the average is less, but probably still over 30%. The federal penalty is 10%. California tax is going to be about 10% as well.

    You can considerably reduce the tax by withdrawing small amounts each year for several years, instead of doing it all at one time.

    Or you can avoid the federal penalty by taking substantially equal periodic payments instead of a lump sum.

    Or, if you are going to do it all at once, moving to a state without a state income tax before you withdraw it would save you about $100,000, or whatever the California tax is; more than enough to cover your moving expenses.

  • Eva
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    You will lose more than 50% of it.

  • Stoo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Get professional help, you can clearly afford it.

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Somewhere around half.

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