Tax

Have a Tax Question? Ask a Tax Expert

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Tax

I divorced 3 years ago and received 1/2 of my exs 401k in

Customer Question
I divorced 3 years ago...
I divorced 3 years ago and received 1/2 of my ex's 401k in a business he no longer works for. No contributions have gone into it in years. It is in a vanguard account almost entirely invested in stocks and I would really like to be able to pull money from it. I am unemployed and taking care of my elderly sick parents and need the money to exist off of. At the moment the only income i receive is from alimony which is almost $21,000 a year. How do i go about taking money from it and if i can, what are the tax ramifications for me?
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Tax
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Tax Question
Answered in 30 minutes by:
1/1/2011
Tax Professional: Jacy, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 6 years ago
Jacy
Jacy, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 568
Experience: Nine years individual income tax preparation and consulting
Verified

Hello,

 

Assuming you rolled over the 401k money to a traditional IRA, any distributions will add to your taxable income (the alimony). You will have to contact the custodian (Vanguard) to request a distribution. If there is not enough cash in the account, you will have to sell some of the investments.

 

If you are under 59 1/2, then there will be a 10% penalty (additional tax) on any amounts you withdraw.

 

The income taxes you will pay depend on your filing status, exemptions and deductions. Do you claim your parents as dependents? Do you file Single or Head of Household?

How much money do you estimate you'll withdraw this year?

 

Thanks,

 

Jacy

 

Ask Your Own Tax Question
Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Sorry it took me so long to respond. My dad had to go into the hospital..
I do not claim them as dependants as i do not support them financially.Only care for them. My filing status is now single. I am thinking to withdraw $20,000
Tax Professional: Jacy, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 6 years ago

Hello,

 

Sorry to hear you about your dad. Hope he's OK.

 

So, if you are Single with no dependents, your gross income for this year would be the alimony plus the retirement distribution or $41,000. Assuming you take the standard deduction and do not claim any tax credits, then the income tax on the $20,000 withdrawal will be 15% plus the 10% penalty for a total of $5,000.

 

Thanks again,

 

Jacy

Jacy
Jacy, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 568
Experience: Nine years individual income tax preparation and consulting
Verified
Jacy and 87 other Tax Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Jacy Your Own Question
Jacy
Jacy
Jacy, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 568
568 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Nine years individual income tax preparation and consulting

Jacy is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response...

T.G.WMatteson, IL

I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight.

BonnieChesnee, SC

Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation.

JohnMinneapolis, MN

Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with.

OrvilleHesperia, California

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Wallstreet Esq.

Wallstreet Esq.

Tax Attorney

586 satisfied customers

10 years experience

Mark D

Mark D

Enrolled Agent

1,300 satisfied customers

MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues

Richard

Richard

Tax Attorney

4,310 satisfied customers

29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.

Robin D.

Robin D.

Senior Tax Advisor 4

13,695 satisfied customers

15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor

Megan C

Megan C

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

8,651 satisfied customers

Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level

jgordosea

jgordosea

Enrolled Agent

2,885 satisfied customers

I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.

R. Klein, EA

R. Klein, EA

Enrolled Agent

1,839 satisfied customers

Over 20 Years experience

< Previous | Next >

Related Tax Questions
I am completing my personal income taxes. For this filing
I am completing my personal income taxes. For this filing year, I left my corporate career to manage my real estate full time. Therefore, the real estate is moving from a passive activity to an active… read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
Suppose my taxable income in 220,000 this year and the tax
Suppose my taxable income in 220,000 this year and the tax rate is X up to 200K, but Y for 200and over, do I pay Y on the full 220K or just that above 200K? … read more
NPVAdvisor
NPVAdvisor
CFP Licensee and Practitioner
Master's Degree
180 satisfied customers
Dose mean can not deduct state income taxes only or dose it
dose mean can not deduct state income taxes only or dose it includes property taxes too … read more
NPVAdvisor
NPVAdvisor
CFP Licensee and Practitioner
Master's Degree
180 satisfied customers
Traditional IRA contribution - *Married taxpayers file MFJ
Traditional IRA contribution -*Married taxpayers file MFJ *One spouse covered by retirement plan, one is not *AGI will be over $ 200K for 2017 *Taxpayer that is not covered by retirement plan, contrib… read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
717 satisfied customers
If your taxable income is $0 (actually negative) is there a
If your taxable income is $0 (actually negative) is there a penalty for late filing? Do you need to file at all? What is the 2016 filing deadline with an extension?… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,444 satisfied customers
Can i file head of household on my 2016 tax return if my
Can i file head of household on my 2016 tax return if my husband and I were going through a divorce proceeding but he passed away before the divorce was finalized in mid 2016?… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,444 satisfied customers
I qualify for renters credit and am head of household now
ok I qualify for renters credit and am head of household now how and where do I fill out necessary paperwork for 120.00 a year and do I ,or can I receive the credit for the past 2 years? thank you for… read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
When I filed my 2016 income tax (I'm retired) single it
when I filed my 2016 income tax (I'm retired) single it worked out that I would get a $25.00 refund and the information I received said no refund due. Where do I turn to get some answers? … read more
NPVAdvisor
NPVAdvisor
CFP Licensee and Practitioner
Master's Degree
180 satisfied customers
Income Tax question: When the AGI is very and none of the
Income Tax question: When the AGI is very and none of the donations are deductible, and standard deduction is taken. Will the donation for that year carry forward even though standard deduction is tak… read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
717 satisfied customers
If I am about to turn 70 and I have a Traditional IRA and a
Hi Pearl! If I am about to turn 70 and I have a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, can I take my RMD's from my Roth as opposed to my Traditional? I know that the Roth doesn't have required RMD's but I wa… read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
I have filed head of household due to being the only income
I have filed head of household due to being the only income and taking care of 5 kids yet I am married yet not together under the same roof do I need to amend my taxes I think I may have gotten wrong … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
Undistributed taxable income previously taxed. Have 3
Undistributed taxable income previously taxed. Have 3 shareholders with balances due to them from previous years. Can it be paid all in one year to bring their amounts owing to zero until the next pro… read more
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Certified Public Accountant
Masters
2,215 satisfied customers
Can franking credit on an Australian income tax return be
Can franking credit on an Australian income tax return be used on Form 1116 as tax paid on the franked distributions? … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
My daughter filed for head of household and her 17 year old
My daughter filed for head of household and her 17 year old daughter made4 $4000What is the limit on her child's earnings to file as head of household? … read more
NPVAdvisor
NPVAdvisor
CFP Licensee and Practitioner
Master's Degree
180 satisfied customers
If you do not work, retired, and receive no taxable income,
If you do not work, retired, and receive no taxable income, do you have to file a tax form… read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
717 satisfied customers
Where do I deduct retirement income from gross income in PA,
Where do I deduct retirement income from gross income in PA … read more
ABC Accounting Group
ABC Accounting Group
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
682 satisfied customers
What is the 2016 total standard deduction for single with 1
hi. what is the 2016 total standard deduction for single with 1 dependent and not itemizing? … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
Dependent Children. 1. Taxpayer's adjusted gross income is
Dependent Children.1. Taxpayer's adjusted gross income is over $ 800K so personal exemptions are phased out. 2. Taxpayer's children are between ages 12 - 17. 3. All three children have earned income o… read more
emc011075
emc011075
Senior Tax Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
16 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x