Generally, taking money out of your 401(k) or pension before you retire means a big tax penalty unless you're just borrowing the money. The IRS allows you to take loans from certain types of retirement plans, with a few restrictions. Before you borrow against your nest egg, you need to understand how retirement loans work.
Look at any retirement plan documents you have to determine if your plan is a 401(k) or an IRA. If you have an IRA, you cannot use your retirement plan as collateral for a loan. The IRS considers this to be a "prohibited transaction." You also cannot borrow from your IRA. However, if you have a 401(k) you may be able to borrow against your plan.
Always think carefully before borrowing against your future. Nearly half of those who have taken loans against their eligible retirement plans later indicated they regretted it, stating that their quick solution to an immediate financial challenge “undermined” their long-term savings goals. Don’t let short-sightedness hurt your long-term.
Generally, any loan from a defined benefit pension must be repaid within five years, but the IRS allows some exceptions. For example, you can extend the loan term if you're borrowing against your pension to buy a home. If you're in the military, you can ask that your loan payments be suspended while you're on active duty.
Borrowing money from your pension plan, a process referred to as pension funding, is vastly different. You actually borrow the money from a pension funding organization, which purchases pension payments in the amount that is borrowed. So when you retire, those pension payments are sent to the organization instead of to you, to repay the loan.
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You may borrow only once in any 12-month period. Prior to retirement, and 30 days after issuance, loans are fully insured in case you die before repaying them. How Much You Can Borrow. The minimum loan is $1,000.