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ATM Safety Tips
Safety, Liquidity and Return
Transfers and Rollovers
Distributions

We are pleased to offer convenient 24-hour ATM services at all five Bank locations.

Your personal safety is important to us and we recommend following these tips when using an ATM:

General ATM Safety Tips

Walk-up ATM Safety Tips

Drive-up ATM Safety Tips

 

General ATM Safety Tips
  • Never share your Personal Identification Number (PIN) or give it out over the telephone, even if the caller identifies himself as your financial representative or a police officer.

  • Commit your PIN to memory. Do not write it on your card or keep your card and any written record of your PIN in the same location.

  • As you approach an ATM, be aware of your surroundings. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, visit the ATM later or use one of our other ATM locations. Help us make your use of the ATM safer by reporting any unusual occurrences or discrepancies as soon as possible.

  • Wait until you leave the vicinity of the ATM to count your money.

  • Immediately report a lost or stolen card to the financial institution.

Walk-up ATM Safety Tips

Have your card ready and in hand, along with other transaction materials, before you approach an ATM. As a matter of courtesy, wait until previous customers have finished their transactions before approaching the ATM. Allow an adequate amount of distance between you and others using the ATM. Stand close to the ATM when entering your PIN. Do not allow anyone to watch.

Drive-up ATM Safety Tips

Pull up close to the ATM. Remain in your car while conducting your ATM transaction. For added security, keep car doors locked and windows rolled up before and after making your transaction. Keep your car running while operating the ATM.

Remember that your personal safety while conducting transactions at an ATM depends largely on the safety steps you follow. By making you aware of these important ATM safety tips, we hope to make you a partner in our continuing efforts to provide a safe and convenient environment.

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It Helps To Know The Facts Before Making Investment Decisions

Uninsured Investments/Mutual Funds

Is It Insured By The FDIC?

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It Helps To Know The Facts Before Making Investment Decisions

Financial institutions today offer a variety of products and investment options, from simple checking and savings accounts to mutual funds. Which is right for you? Only you can make that decision. But knowing your options will help.

Financial advisors consider three major factors when making investment decisions:

SAFETY - Is the investment insured; can you lose the interest or principal?

LIQUIDITY - How available is your money? Can you get it at a moment's notice, or must you wait?

RETURN - What is the rate of return?

It helps to think of these three factors as points of a triangle. For most financial products and investments, these factors should be carefully considered. Seldom does an investment offer all three: safety, liquidity and high return.

Specially trained staff can work with you to describe products that could be suitable to your needs.The low risk associated with insured deposit accounts will often mean low return (interest paid). However, the FDIC stands behind those deposit accounts. Not a penny of insured deposits - principal or interest - has been lost since FDIC's creation in 1933.

Uninsured Investments/Mutual Funds

Investments such as mutual funds, annuities and securities are increasingly attractive options to consumers and often are available from Full Service Banks®. However, no matter who is selling them, they are not insured by the FDIC, and they are not a deposit of, nor an obligation of, nor guaranteed by the bank or by the federal government. You can lose money (both principal and interest), as well as make money, with uninsured investments as the financial markets work through their cycles.In part because more risk is associated with uninsured investments, they have the potential for a higher return.

Is It Insured By The FDIC?

 

PRODUCT FDIC INSURED?

CHECKING

A deposit account whose fund is available to the depositor through a check/draft.

YES

NEGOTIABLE ORDER OF WlTHDRAWAL

Similar to a checking account they pay interest, but may place limitations; e.g. the number of checks/month.

YES

SAVINGS

Deposit made into an interest bearing account with the intent to leave the money in the account for an indefinite period of time.

YES

CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT

A deposit made into an interest bearing account for a definite period of time; e.g. one month, one year, etc.

YES

INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS

These are usually savings accounts or certificates of deposit (see above).

YES

CASHIER'S CHECKS, TRAVELERS CHECKS, MONEY ORDERS, ETC.

Checks/drafts of a financial institution that are purchased by the customer.

YES

CONTENTS OF SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES

NO

U.S. TREASURY SECURITIES

Borrowings of the U.S. Treasury

NO

STOCKS, BONDS, OR OTHER INVESTMENTS ISSUED BY A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

Investment in the ownership (stocks) or borrowings (bonds, commercial paper) of the financial institution that issues them.

NO

STOCKS, BONDS, OR OTHER INVESTMENTS PURCHASED THROUGH A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

Investment in the ownership (stocks) or borrowings (bonds,commercial paper) of the business that issues them.

NO

LIMITATIONS:

  • $250,000 per depositor, covering both principal and interest. Ownership of the accounts (for example, single or joint) determines whether there is more coverage.

  • Insured when issued in exchange for money or a charge against a deposit account.

  • Individual Retirement Accounts which are not deposit accounts are not insured by the FDIC.

For many consumers, advisors would suggest a mix of investments -- a combination of options that can help you achieve your specific goals. Whatever your goals and concerns, the people at your Full Service Bank want you to be fully informed.

For More Information

For detailed information about Federal Deposit Insurance, call 1-800-934-3342 and ask for the FDIC's free brochures, "Your Insured Deposits" and "insured or Not Insured: A Guide to What Is and Is Not Protected by FDIC Insurance". For more information about mutual funds and other investment products, ask your banker for a copy of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's publication, "Deposits & Investments: There's a Critical Difference."

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The dollars you've saved have probably required some sacrifices for the benefit of a more secure retirement. Now that you have those dollars safely in an IRA or another retirement plan, it's paramount that you protect their tax advantages if you are considering moving them from one kind of plan to another, or simply from one trustee or custodian to another.

Mishandling such asset movements can have potentially disastrous tax consequences. Recent tax court rulings confirm that the IRS generally considers the individual taxpayer -- the individual who owns the IRA or the retirement plan account -- to be responsible for making the right decisions and taking the right actions, as well as accepting any tax consequences that arise.

Following is a general overview of the options available. For more specific information, consulting with a competent tax advisor is always recommended.

How Can Retirement Assets Be Moved?

What Is A Rollover?

Do Rollovers Require Reporting?

When Is A Rollover Not Possible?

What Is A Transfer?

What Is A Direct Rollover?

Are All Assets Eligible For Direct Rollover?

Is A Direct Rollover A Smart Move?

Are Direct Rollovers Reported?

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How Can Retirement Assets Be Moved?

The assets in your IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan - commonly referred to as a qualified plan -- can be moved by several different transactions. These are known as:

  • Rollovers
  • Direct rollovers
  • Trustee-to-trustee or custodian-to-custodian transfers.
What Is A Rollover?

A rollover begins with a payout (termed a distribution), followed by re-contribution of all or a portion of the assets to another plan. The payout may be from an IRA, or from a qualified plan. Re-contribution to an IRA or a qualified plan must take place within a 60-day period, or the assets lose their ability to be returned to a tax-advantaged account, and -- unless they have previously been taxed -- will generally be treated as ordinary income and taxed in the year they are received.

Do Rollovers Require Reporting?

Because a rollover begins with a distribution, the IRS will receive a report showing that the taxpayer received the funds. If the assets are re-contributed to an IRA, a separate report to the IRS will confirm this. If the IRS does not receive such a confirmation, however, it will be presumed that the funds are taxable.

When Is A Rollover Not Possible?

A rollover is not allowed in certain circumstances. Prohibited are:

  • More than one same-funds or same-account IRA- to-IRA rollover within 12 months
  • Rollover of after-tax contributions from a qualified plan
  • Rollovers from a SIMPLE IRA plan during the first two years of plan participation
  • After age 70 1/2, rollover of IRA or qualified plan amounts that represent a taxpayer's required minimum distribution for that year (if this requirement has not yet been met)
  • Rollover from a Roth IRA to a Traditional IRA or qualified plan

With certain restrictions, assets are included in income and taxed, but their future earnings may be tax-free when placed in a Roth IRA, a potentially greater long-term benefit. Our representative may suggest you seek qualified tax advice to learn if this will be beneficial to you.

What Is A Transfer?

In retirement plans, the term "transfer" has a narrower meaning than in everyday communication. A transfer is the movement of plan assets directly from trustee-to-trustee or custodian-to-custodian, with no limitation of one transfer per 1 2-month period, as there is with IRA rollovers. With a transfer transaction, the taxpayer does not have the ability to cash and use the funds. Therefore, the transaction is not considered a distribution to the taxpayer, is not reported and the IRS will not consider the income taxable.

What Is A Direct Rollover?

A direct rollover has some of the characteristics of both rollovers and transfers. A direct rollover:

  • Always originates with assets in a qualified plan.

  • Is a movement either to an IRA, or to another qualified plan.

  • Assets are not cashable or negotiable by the taxpayer.

Are All Assets Eligible For Direct Rollover?

Assets held in most qualified retirement plans are eligible for direct rollover, with certain exceptions, including

  • After-tax plan contributions.

  • Required minimum distributions after age 70½.

  • Certain annuity-like life expectancy payments from a qualified plan.

Is A Direct Rollover A Smart Move?

When assets are distributed from a qualified plan directly to a plan participant, there is generally mandatory withholding of 20 percent of the distribution as a pre-payment of tax liability, even if the distribution is ultimately rolled over to another plan. However, if the qualified plan assets move directly to an IRA or another qualified plan via a direct rollover, this amount is not withheld.

Are Direct Rollovers Reported?

Although a direct rollover is very much like a transfer, it is reported to the IRS like a distribution. A special code on the distribution report alerts the IRS to the fact that the assets were moved via a direct rollover to another IRA or qualified plan, and are not currently taxable.

We Can Help...

Rollovers, direct rollovers and transfers offer opportunities to move your retirement assets to where you want them, while retaining their substantial tax advantages. One of our representatives will be happy to discuss these options with you, and help you complete such a move safely and securely.

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You’ve worked hard to save money for retirement. You’ve made contributions to your IRA or employer retirement plan, perhaps both. Now the time has come to withdraw some of your retirement funds. It’s time for a distribution.

Understanding when and how withdrawals can or must be taken, and the options available at such times, is vital if a person hopes to make tax-wise decisions regarding their retirement plan assets. For specific details about receiving distributions from a particular type of retirement plan, seeking the advice of competent tax advisor is always recommended.

 

When I Can Take a Distribution?

Are There Any Age Restrictions?

Am I Required to Take Distributions?

How are Distributions Taxed?

Are There Options to Reduce my Tax Liability?

Are There Special Rules for Beneficiaries?

IRA Beneficiaries

Qualified Plan Beneficiaries

Can Distributions Be Rolled Over?

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When I Can Take A Distribution?

Taking a distribution is much easier with IRAs than with most qualified plans. IRA assets are essentially available on demand. Qualified plan assets, on the other hand, generally require that an event-known as a "triggering event"-must occur before assets can be withdrawn. These events differ slightly from plan to plan, but generally include:

  • Plan termination.

  • Separation form service (leaving employment).

  • Death.

  • Disability.

  • Reaching normal retirement age.

  • Reaching age 59½.

Some plans allow withdrawals while still employed, without having a true triggering event. These amounts are known as "in service withdrawals."

Are There Any Age Restrictions?

 Whether the plan is an IRA or a qualified plan, withdrawing funds before age 59½ generally carries with it an IRS penalty of 10 percent of the amount withdrawn, with certain exceptions.

These exceptions include:

  • Death
  • Disability
  • Payments taken in essentially equal amounts over single or joint life expectancy
  • Distributions taken for certain qualifying medical expenses
  • (for IRAs only) amounts used for health insurance by some unemployed persons, qualifying education expenses, and qualifying first home purchases
  • The new Roth IRAs have additional rules and exceptions. Please to the Roth IRA brochure for more details

Withdrawals after age 59½ are not subject to a penalty tax.

Am I Required To Take Distributions?

Congress’s purpose in creating IRAs and qualified plans was to help make retirement more secure, not to provide tax shelters that would delay taxation indefinitely. Congress therefore established age 70½ as the time when distribution from retirement accounts are generally required to begin.

Such "required minimum distributions"

  • Must be taken annually, generally calculated by dividing plan assets by life expectancy.

  • Must meet or exceed the minimum amount (more can be taken, but not less).

  • Are subject to a penalty tax if not taken is a timely fashion.

  • Exception: Roth IRAs do not have mandatory distributions at age 70½.

(NOTE: A law change in 1996 allows employers to offer participants in qualified plans the option to delay distribution until retirement, if they remain employed after age 70½).

How Are Distributions Taxed?

Distributions, plus their tax deferred earnings, are generally included in ordinary income and taxed in the year distributed. However, Traditional IRAs and some qualified plans do allow after-tax contributions. These amounts are not taxed when distributed, but their tax-deferred earnings are.

Are There Options to Reduce My Tax Liability?

Special tax options may apply to certain distributions from qualified plans. If the distribution qualifies, income tax liability may be reduced by using:

  • Five-year income averaging (this ceases to be available as of January 1, 2000).

  • 10-year income averaging.

  • Capital gains tax treatment.

Are There Special Rules For Beneficiaries?

Both IRAs and qualified retirement plans allow the naming of beneficiaries, in the event that the IRA holder or plan participant dies before all assets are paid out.

IRA Beneficiaries

Depending on the age of the IRA holder when he or she dies, and their relationship to the beneficiary, the beneficiary may:

  • Continue or accelerate the scheduled payoff of assets (if distributions have already begun.)
  • Take total payoff
  • Take complete distribution within five years
  • Take distribution over the beneficiary’s own life expectancy
  • Treat the IRA as their own ( an option available only to a spouse)
Qualified Plan Beneficiaries

Qualified plan beneficiaries have somewhat different options. Distributions of qualified plan assets to beneficiaries may generally be received:

  • In annually-calculated required minimum distributions, much like IRAs.

  • In annuity form.
Can Distribution Be Rolled Over?

Distribution from traditional IRAs or qualified plans that exceed amounts needed to satisfy the required minimum distribution rules, may be eligible to be rolled over to an IRA, or to another qualified plan.

For More Information...

For assistance of your Traditional IRA or qualified plan distribution questions, one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.

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