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Outstanding 401k Loan

By Terry Savage on February 21, 2019 | Wild Card

Hi Terry, my job will soon be terminated due to layoff, and I have an outstanding 401k Loan, and I am 61 years old. Any recommendations, as I cannot pay off this loan. Thank you,

Terry Says

If you cannot repay the loan within 6 months it will be treated as a withdrawal.   Fortunately, you are over age 59-1/2 and so will avoid the 10 percent penalty for “early withdrawals”.  But the amount will be included in your income for 2019 — and you will owe taxes on it.  Be sure to save enough money to pay them when this year’s return is due next April.  And if it is a significant amount, you might want to consult a CPA about making a quarterly estimated payment to avoid any potential penalties for under withholding.

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