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I have just turned 59 1/2 and I am planning to take a 24000.00

distribution from my 401k account...
I have just turned 59 1/2 and I am planning to take a 24000.00 distribution from my 401k account to pay off a personal loan at 12% apr. I understand that 20% will be taken out for taxes. My income will then put me into the 25% tax bracket. Will I just have to pay 5% on the remaining amount of the distribution and 25% on my regular income which is normally taxed at 15%
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No it is not that simple. Your withholdings in this case are a flat 20%

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But if you are entering the 25% tax bracket, your real effective tax rate is not likely 25% but some slightly lower number.

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Generally speaking, what you are proposing is not a good financial move.

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You are throwing away not just $5000 of your retirement money, but you are also foregoing the future growth potential of that money AND the rest of the money you withdraw.

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A 12% debt is not that great of a hurdle, although you may think it is. If you are already retired, then it is a fair hurdle to try pay down as quickly as possible, but I don't think taking money out of the retirement plan is where I would start.

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