Laid off from work, cashing out my 401k
June 19, 2013 9:59 PM Subscribe
Hey everyone, I read some other threads in regards to 401k but it seems like the audience is divided. My recent company (industry giant who laid off 8000 employees and gave our jobs to folks in India) has laid me off and I need to cash out my 401k. I am wondering who has experience with this as of the past year or two? I live in Mass so Fidelity says I will have to take out 20% out of my total sum for taxes but they didn't say anything about a penalty. My amount is less than $11,000 and I want to use some of it to start my own agency. Has anyone cashed out their 401k and if so, was there a penalty? PS. Please spare me the 'noo dont cash out, its a bad idea' -- I'm knee deep in $115k for student loans and my life could not get worse and more complicated so I'm confident cashing this crap out is my only way out to some sanity and inner peace. Thanks!