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Hardship Withdrawal

What is 'Hardship Withdrawal'

An emergency withdrawal from a retirement plan that may be subject to certain tax or account penalties. In the United States, funds withdrawn prior to the age of 59.5 are typically subject to a 10% Internal Revenue Service (IRS) early withdrawal penalty, as well as standard income taxes.

Explaining 'Hardship Withdrawal'

Hardship withdrawals from a retirement plan such as a 401(k) can't be replaced. The money that is withdrawn is permanently removed from the account, and only scheduled future contributions are permitted.

The stiff penalties and criteria for hardship withdrawals are meant to deter investors from using this option except as a last resort. The ability to have money free from future income taxes and capital gains taxes (a trait of most retirement accounts) is an extremely valuable asset, and is necessary for many people to achieve a stable retirement.


Further Reading


Linking economic hardship to marital quality and instability
www.jstor.org [PDF]
… The second issue investigated here was whether economic hardship might affect marital quality by reducing the level of positive behavioral ex- changes between spouses … Previous research does suggest that economic stress may lead to withdrawal and lack of …

Financial hardship and well-being: a cross-national comparison among the European self-employedFinancial hardship and well-being: a cross-national comparison among the European self-employed
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… The second issue investigated here was whether economic hardship might affect marital quality by reducing the level of positive behavioral ex- changes between spouses … Previous research does suggest that economic stress may lead to withdrawal and lack of …

Housing assets as a potential solution for financial hardship: Households' mental accounts of housing wealth in three European countriesHousing assets as a potential solution for financial hardship: Households' mental accounts of housing wealth in three European countries
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… The second issue investigated here was whether economic hardship might affect marital quality by reducing the level of positive behavioral ex- changes between spouses … Previous research does suggest that economic stress may lead to withdrawal and lack of …

Unemployment, financial hardship, and savings in individual development accountsUnemployment, financial hardship, and savings in individual development accounts
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… The second issue investigated here was whether economic hardship might affect marital quality by reducing the level of positive behavioral ex- changes between spouses … Previous research does suggest that economic stress may lead to withdrawal and lack of …

Americans' financial capabilityAmericans' financial capability
www.nber.org [PDF]
… The second issue investigated here was whether economic hardship might affect marital quality by reducing the level of positive behavioral ex- changes between spouses … Previous research does suggest that economic stress may lead to withdrawal and lack of …

Financial and Educational Hardships Experienced by BSW and MSW Students During Their Programs of StudyFinancial and Educational Hardships Experienced by BSW and MSW Students During Their Programs of Study
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… The second issue investigated here was whether economic hardship might affect marital quality by reducing the level of positive behavioral ex- changes between spouses … Previous research does suggest that economic stress may lead to withdrawal and lack of …

Financial Knowledge Overconfidence and Early Withdrawals from Retirement AccountsFinancial Knowledge Overconfidence and Early Withdrawals from Retirement Accounts
papers.ssrn.com [PDF]
… The second issue investigated here was whether economic hardship might affect marital quality by reducing the level of positive behavioral ex- changes between spouses … Previous research does suggest that economic stress may lead to withdrawal and lack of …

Private pensions and policy responses to the financial and economic crisisPrivate pensions and policy responses to the financial and economic crisis
www.oecd-ilibrary.org [PDF]
… The second issue investigated here was whether economic hardship might affect marital quality by reducing the level of positive behavioral ex- changes between spouses … Previous research does suggest that economic stress may lead to withdrawal and lack of …



Q&A About Hardship Withdrawal


Why would someone want to prepare for an economic collapse before it happens?

If someone wants to be prepared for an economic collapse before it happens then they will not lose everything when it does happen because they will already have something saved up just in case something like this were to ever happen again in their lifetime or even worse if something like this were to ever happen again right after they lost everything because then all hope would be gone and there wouldn't be anything left for them anymore since nothing would work out anymore after losing

What is a hardship withdrawal?

A hardship withdrawal is an emergency withdrawal from a retirement plan that may be subject to certain tax or account penalties.

How do you document economic collapses?

Economic collapses have happened many times throughout history and there are few well documented cases. The most famous case was during The Great Depression in 193s. This depression had one cause, but economists still debate what it was exactly that caused it to happen so suddenly and with such force. It has been called "The Great Contraction" as opposed to "The Great Crash". It lasted from 1929 until 1933 (although some argue that it ended in 1939). In this period, production fell by nearly half, consumption by over 30 percent, construction by over 50 percent, and prices by 25 percent; unemployment increased fivefold; and interest rates rose to double digits at their highest point (reaching 20 percent).

Can you replace money taken out of a retirement plan early?

No, money taken out of a retirement plan early cannot be replaced.

Can I withdraw my entire 401(k) balance at once if I am over 59 ½ years old with no penalties or taxes owed on the amount withdrawn?

No , this would result in all earnings being taxed as income at ordinary rates plus 10% penalty . You will have to rollover into another qualified IRA before doing this .

How much money can you take out in one year as an early distribution from your 401(k)?

$10,000 per year (or $20,000 if over 50 years old).

What are some examples of when you might take out a hardship withdrawal?

Examples include medical emergencies and education expenses for children or grandchildren.

When can you withdraw funds from your retirement plan without penalty?

Funds can be withdrawn prior to the age of 59.5 without penalty.

What does this article discuss about economic collapses?

This article discusses how people can prepare for an economic collapse before it happens so they don't lose everything when it does happen.

What are some conditions for taking a hardship withdrawal?

There are few well documented cases of economic collapse. One of the best documented cases of collapse or near collapse is the Great Depression, the causes of which are still being debated. To understand the Great Depression is the Holy Grail of macroeconomic research.

Are there any other restrictions on taking out a hardship withdrawal?

Yes, only scheduled future contributions are permitted after taking out the funds early.