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Can I leave my retirement plan account balance in my previous employer’s plan after I terminate my employment?

Most plans will allow you to leave your vested balance in the plan if your vested account balance is greater than $5,000.  However, the Summary Plan Description will dictate the exact vested balance that will allow you to leave your balance in the plan.

What are the tax implications if I cash out my account?

There will be a mandatory 20% federal withholding on any cash distribution over $200.00.  State withholding, however, is optional.  You may choose to have state withholding taken at the time of the distribution or you may choose to take care of state taxes at the end of the year when you file your tax return.  You may also elect additional federal withholding, if desired, at the time of distribution.  In addition, you may be subject to another 10% federal tax on the distribution amount and any additional state taxes that may apply based on where you live (i.e.; California may have an additional 2.5% penalty tax).

How do I sign up for direct deposit?

By completing the Direct Deposit Authorization Form that can be downloaded from and following the instructions on the form.

If I am reimbursed via direct deposit, how long does it take to post to my bank account?

Most banks take 1-2 business days to post the deposit into your account.

How do I know my Health Care Reimbursement Account offers Carryover?

You will need to review your Flexible Spending Handbook, contact your Human Resources Department or contact us here at Pension Dynamics to determine if your plan includes Carryover.

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