You have a variety of options1 when it’s time to take income from this plan:
- Fixed Period
You can choose to receive income for a set period of two to 30 years, depending on the terms of our contract and your plan's rules (and not to exceed your life expectancy).
- Payments stop at the end of the period, during which you will have received all your principal and earnings.
- Interest Only
You can receive the current interest earned on your TIAA Traditional Account in monthly payments. Your principal remains intact while you receive the interest.
- These payments are generally available to individuals between ages 55 and 70½ when minimum distributions are required.
- Lifetime Retirement Income
- One-life annuity
Provides income for as long as you live.
- Two-life annuity
Provides lifetime income for you and an annuity partner (your spouse or someone else you name) for as long as either of you live.
- One- or two-life annuity with guaranteed period
Guarantees income for up to 20 years, as long as the period you choose does not exceed your life expectancy. It ensures that income continues to go to your beneficiaries for the remainder of the guaranteed period if you (one-life annuity) or both you and your annuity partner (two-life annuity) die before the end of that period.
- Lump Sum
You can withdraw all or part of your account in a single cash payment, depending on your plan rules and the terms of your contracts.
- Your right to a lump-sum distribution from your TIAA Traditional Account may be restricted to taking 10 annual payments under those terms.
- Minimum Distribution Option
Generally, you must begin taking minimum withdrawals from your account by April 1 following the year in which you turn age 70½ or retire, whichever is later.
- This can help you defer the minimum required distribution while keeping you in compliance with federal regulations.
- Retirement Transition Benefit
If your contract allows, you can withdraw, in cash, up to 10% of your accumulation at the beginning of a conversion to lifetime annuity income. The amount you withdraw will reduce your lifetime annuity income accordingly.
- Single-Sum Death Benefit
A set amount your beneficiary(ies) will receive from your retirement account if you die before taking income.
- Small-Sum Distribution
If your plan doesn't otherwise allow cash distributions, upon separation from service you can withdraw your entire retirement savings if your TIAA Traditional Account value does not exceed $2,000 and your overall account balance is below a limit set by your employer's plan (typically $4,000). If your plan does allow cash distributions, upon separation you may be able to withdraw your TIAA Traditional accumulation if the value does not exceed $2,000. Contact TIAA-CREF for additional information.
- Systematic Withdrawals
If your plan allows, you can choose to receive regular income payments (minimum $100) on a semimonthly, monthly, quarterly, semiannual or annual basis. You can increase, decrease or suspend the payments at any time.
- These withdrawals are not available from TIAA Traditional Account balances.
- TPA to Cash
If your plan allows, you can withdraw your TIAA Traditional Account accumulation through a Transfer Payout Annuity (TPA) in 10 approximately equal annual payments. A lump-sum payment, subject to a surrender fee, may be available depending on your plan rules and the terms of your contract.
If you're married, you may be required to get spousal consent to receive any distribution option other than a qualified joint and survivor annuity.
Your Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) is designed to provide you with income throughout your retirement. Leaving money in your account may allow the funds to grow on a tax-deferred basis.
The Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) allows you to receive a cash withdrawal if you meet eligibility criteria. This may be restricted by the terms of your TIAA-CREF contracts. Taxes and penalties may apply.
Contact TIAA-CREF for additional information.