Benefits Plans - 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan:
Rollovers Out of the U-M Plan

May a distribution from the U-M 457(b) plan be rolled over into another eligible retirement plan?

What is an eligible retirement plan?
An eligible retirement plan includes the following:

  • 401(a)
  • 403(a)
  • 401(k)
  • 403(b)
  • Governmental 457(b)
  • IRA

What kinds of distributions can I rollover?

  • Cash withdrawals
  • Fixed period annuities of less than 10 years

What kinds of distributions cannot be rolled over?

  • Minimum distribution payments
  • Lifetime annuities
  • Fixed period annuities of 10 years or longer

When am I eligible to take a rollover as a current faculty or staff member?
You may rollover your accumulations if you take the one-time withdrawal or at age 70 ½ or older.

When am I eligible to take a rollover as a former faculty or staff member?
At any age. A former faculty or staff member is someone who has terminated employment with the University of Michigan. Termination of employment does not include being on a leave of absence, layoff ( RIF), period of non-appointment, 0% appointment effort, phased retirement, retirement furlough, or being on long-term disability.

How do I arrange for a rollover?
Contact TIAA-CREF and/or Fidelity and request a rollover application. Return the investment carrier’s application to them after you have completed the form.

Note: Rollovers May Result in the Loss of an Important Tax Benefit!
If you rollover your U-M 457(b) accumulations to another eligible retirement plan, you may lose the exemption to the IRS 10% penalty on withdrawals made prior to age 59 ½.

The exemption to the IRS 10% early withdrawal penalty only applies to a 457(b) plan. Once you roll it over to another eligible retirement plan, like an IRA or 403(b), it generally becomes subject to the 10% penalty if you cash it out before 59 ½.

Consult with a qualified tax advisor.

Next: Federal Income Tax

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