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 an additional 10% after you reach age 59½.

Early Distributions: Money taken out of your IRA before you reach age 59½ may potentially be subject to an additional 10% 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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* The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as advertised is accurate as of . Interest rate and APY are subject to change at any time without notice before and after a High Yield Savings Account is opened. 


** The national rate referenced is from the FDIC's published Monthly Rate Cap Information for Savings deposit products. Visit the FDIC website for details.


1 There is no minimum balance required to open your Account, to avoid being charged a fee, or obtain the Annual Percentage Yield (APY) disclosed to you.


For a CD account, rates are subject to change at any time without notice before the account is funded. The rate received will either be (i) the rate reflected during your application process or (ii) the rate being offered when your CD is funded, whichever is higher. All CDs must be funded within 60 calendar days from the time we approve your application or will be subject to closure. The interest rate and Annual Percentage Yield (APY) will be disclosed in your account-opening documents, which you will receive after completing your account-opening deposit. 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 Consumer Deposit Account Agreement and Savings Schedules for additional terms and conditions.


3 For purposes of transferring funds to or from an external bank, business days are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Transfers can be initiated 24/7 via the website or phone, but any transfers initiated after 7:00 PM Eastern Time or on non-business days will begin processing on the next business day. Funds deposited into your account may be subject to holds. See the Funds Availability section of your Savings Schedules for more information.


4 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.


5 IRA Contributions are subject to aggregate annual limits across all IRA plans held at American Express or other institutions. IRA distributions may be taxed and subject to penalties based on IRS guidelines. Required minimum distribution, if applicable, is only relevant to this IRA plan and does not take into consideration other IRA plans held at American Express or other institutions. Please see IRS.gov for more information. We recommend you consult with a financial or tax advisor when making contributions to and distributions from an IRA plan account.