VIDEO: Don’t Cash Out Your IPERS Benefit

You’ve just left your job and you’re wondering, “Should I cash out my IPERS benefit and take the refund?” We’re going to try to convince you not to do that for three reasons:

Don't Cash Out Your IPERS Benefit
Should you cash out your IPERS benefit? Here’s a few things to consider

First, IPERS is a very well-run state pension system. It has adequate reserves and it’s going to be there for the long run for you. 

Below is data that comes from the Tax Foundation on the funding levels of various state pension programs. Notice that Iowa’s is well funded relative to many plans throughout the country.

Iowa IPERS pension system is well funded

Secondly, if you ever return to service – that means taking a job where you get an IPERS benefit in the future – you actually add that service on to what you already have and it builds up over time into something really valuable for you.

Third, a pension is an important piece to have in your long-run financial plan, even if it’s a small benefit. If you have that, it means you don’t have to take as much out of your 401(k) or other savings and you can make sure you have enough retirement income for the long run.

Need help navigating how your IPERS benefit works in your overall retirement plan? Contact us to see how we can help you!

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