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Early Withdrawal Penalty
Last Updated March 22, 2009
A penalty that applies to certificates of deposit (CD)s ( or time deposits) from which withdrawals are made before the maturity date.The penalty is assessed on the interest.
An early withdrawal penalty of at least seven days’ simple interest is usually assessed on amounts withdrawn within the first six days after deposit
The early withdrawal penalty may be waived under the following circumstances:
- Where the CD is maintained in an IRA , and is paid within seven days after establishment of the IRA ( IRA revocation) ,
- Where the CD is maintained in a qualified plan account-Provided that the depositor forfeits an amount at least equal to the simple interest earned on the amount withdrawn;
- Where the depository institution pays all or a portion of a CD representing funds contributed to an IRA or qualified plan account ,when the individual for whose benefit the account is maintained attains age 59 ½ or is disabled (as defined Code 72(m)(7)) or thereafter;
- Where the depository institution pays that portion of a CD on which federal deposit insurance has been lost as a result of the merger of two or more federally insured banks in which the depositor previously maintained separate CD s, for a period of one year from the date of the merger;
- Upon the death of any owner of the CD funds;
- When any owner of the CD is determined to be legally incompetent by a court or other administrative body of competent jurisdiction; or
- Where a CD is withdrawn within ten days after a specified maturity date even though the deposit contract provided for automatic renewal at the maturity date.
Additional Helpful Information
Often confused with the early distribution penalty, when referring to IRAs, qualified plans, 403(b)s, and 457(b)s
The early withdrawal penalty on an IRA CD is not rollover eligible. For instance, if the IRA owner withdraws a CD balance of $1,000, and the early withdrawal penalty is $50, only $950 is rollover eligible.
The early withdrawal penalty is not treated as a distribution, and is therefore not reported on IRS Form 1099-R