Calculator Shows Consequence of Cashing Out 401(k)s

RolloverSystems Inc. now offers an online calculator that workers who are laid off, switching jobs, or struggling financially can use to determine how much money they will receive if trying to withdraw money from their 401(k) accounts.

By entering his or her current age, projected retirement age, expected return, and current plan balance, 401(k) participants can obtain the amount of penalties and taxes they will pay and what will be left of their distribution from the cash-out calculator.

In addition, the calculator informs participants what the savings will be worth at retirement if left to grow in a qualified retirement account.

As an example, RolloverSystems said a 35-year-old plan participant wanting to retire at 65, who has a $5,000 balance and expects an 8% return will find she could pay $500 in penalties and $1,500 in taxes, leaving her with only $3,000 in cash. The calculator would also show that if she rolled over the savings into an IRA, the $5,000 would grow to be worth more than $50,000 at retirement.

The cash-out calculator is available at