What are the different ways I can take a distribution from my Traditional IRA?

There are multiple options for taking distributions from your IRA, each of which may be subject to, for example, differing tax treatment, IRS penalties, and / or specific procedural requirements. Accordingly, we recommend that you consult your financial or tax advisor for advice on the best approach to taking distributions from your IRA.

The following are classifications for distributions from your Traditional IRA. You can process a distribution by submitting the IRA Distribution Request form.

Normal Distributions: Money taken out of your IRA that is allowable without penalty from the IRS after you reach age 59½.

Early Distributions: Money taken out of your IRA before you reach age 59½ may potentially be subject to penalties from the IRS if no exception applies.

Bank to Bank Transfers: Your IRA funds held at AENB which we directly transferred to your IRA at another company. A transfer is the nonreportable movement of assets between IRAs of the same type.

Return of Excess Contributions: An excess contribution occurs when the contribution amount exceeds allowable limits, including when making an improper rollover contribution or when an ineligible individual makes a contribution. For correction purposes, an IRA owner can treat an unwanted contribution as an excess. The IRS will charge you a 6% penalty/excise tax on the excess amount for each year in which you don't take action to correct the error. For this situation, please submit the IRA Return of Excess Contribution Worksheet.

Other Distributions: Any distribution not covered in another category.




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For a CD account, rates are subject to change at any time without notice before the account is opened. Your rate will be fixed on the business day‡ we receive your completed application, provided we receive your deposit within 30 days after your application is approved. After a CD is opened, additional deposits to the account are not permitted. Early CD withdrawals may be subject to significant penalties which could cause you to lose some of your principal. Please see the Deposit Account Agreement for additional terms and conditions and Truth-in-Savings disclosures.


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♢Calculations are estimates of expected interest earned. Actual results may vary, based on various factors such as leap years, timing of deposits, rounding, and variation in interest rates. The first recurring deposit is assumed to begin in the second period after any initial deposit.


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