Can I Transfer a 457b to an IRA?

IRAs offer more investment choices, streamlining financial planning and potentially cutting account management fees. Furthermore, tax-free withdrawals during retirement make an IRA an attractive retirement vehicle option.

Like its 401(k) counterparts, 457(b) funds belong to your employer rather than you; this protects them from creditors while making the accounts less flexible. Rollover to an IRA could save on account management fees and taxes but may lose specific withdrawal benefits.


A 457b plan provides employees of government agencies the chance to save for retirement tax-deferred and with access to more investment options than are typically found in traditional private sector 401(k) plans.

Rollovers from government 457(b) plans can be completed directly or indirectly; direct transfers typically go directly into an IRA account while indirect rollovers require filling out and returning a distribution request form with your old plan provider before moving funds over.

Rolling over your 457(b) to an IRA offers several advantages, such as accessing more assets at lower fees. Furthermore, consolidating assets may make financial planning decisions simpler for you – however these benefits will depend on your specific circumstances so it is wise to consult a financial professional prior to making this decision.


A 457(b) retirement savings plan is available to employees of government entities and certain non-profits, enabling participants to defer income taxes on retirement savings until withdrawing them – however, rollover processes vary between governmental and non-governmental plans.

Governmental 457(b) plans typically offer more investment choices than IRAs; non-government plans may offer less-expansive selections. Furthermore, some governmental 457(b) funds have specific withdrawal rules to abide by upon retirement; any violations could incur penalties that can range from $200-500 per violation.

An independent financial advisor can assist in aligning savings vehicles to reach your long-term goals. They will review your current situation and financial needs to identify strategies that may benefit you, creating an individual strategy to reflect your priorities and aspirations. They can also show you how to take advantage of tax breaks and investment opportunities to optimize contributions further.


Even though 401(k) plans and 457(b) retirement accounts share many similarities, their rollover dynamics differ significantly. For instance, an IRA offers more flexible early withdrawal options without incurring penalties when leaving an employer, but may have different investment choices and tax rules than its counterpart.

A 401(k) is an employee-sponsored retirement savings account that allows you to invest your pretax dollars. Once withdrawn, these investments grow tax-deferred until withdrawal time – at which point taxes must be paid on them. A financial professional can assist in selecting an appropriate plan to meet your specific needs and goals.

Like its cousins 401(k)s and 403(b), 457(b) retirement accounts provide tax-advantaged deferred compensation accounts to state and local governments as well as tax-exempt non-profit organizations, with specific restrictions on withdrawals from these plans compared to traditional accounts such as 401(k). It requires you to start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) after age 73 in order to avoid significant penalties if these distributions are missed.


A 457(b) plan resembles a 401(k), in that funds are contributed before taxes and then grow tax-deferred until you withdraw them. Similar plans may be offered by state and local government as well as tax-exempt organizations. Though not as flexible as IRAs, 457(b)s offer some advantages, such as providing special hardship distributions without penalty.

After leaving an employer, funds in your 457(b) plan can be rolled over into another retirement account, but only eligible plans qualify as destinations. Rollover funds won’t count against your annual contribution limit in your new retirement plan account.

Some 457(b) plans also offer target-date mutual funds that adapt their asset mix as you approach retirement. Usually combining stocks and bonds, these investments could lower risk as time nears retirement; but be sure to speak to your Northwestern Mutual financial advisor before making this decision.

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