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I have a summary of my retirement plan balances. MGH says

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I have a summary of my retirement plan balances. MGH says they do not owe me the money. It doesn't say projected or estimated, it says my balance as of 12/31/13 is 14, 698.00. Don't they owe me this money now that I am retired?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Massachusetts
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: I did file for a distribution and received 350.70 after taxes
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
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If this is a defined contribution plan (401(k), money purchase plan, cash balance plan, profit sharing) then the balance is the balance.

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The plan document likely says that you can roll to an IA OR take a distribution and pay the tax. But, unless there's some defined benefit plan component (old fashioned pension type plan) your retirement doesn't change the balance in the plan.

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....... which, again, you can either roll or distribute and pay taxes.

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