Retirement Tricks

Don't roll all your 401(k) loot into an IRA. Take possession of employer stock to cut your taxes

A once obscure tax strategy that makes the most of your 401(k) dollars is going mainstream. The move keys on an IRS provision that lets you take possession of company stock in your 401(k) plan instead of rolling it into a traditional IRA when you change jobs or retire. The resulting savings can be staggering, and thanks to the crush of corporations that juice employee retirement accounts with their own shares these days, more people than ever stand to benefit.

The provision is not new. But word has spread slowly, largely because companies avoid dispensing anything that approaches individual tax advice...

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