I have a 401(k) plan from my previous employer with a little over $5k in it and I have decided to withdraw the full amount.

How long should I expect this process take?

The plan administrator is the owner of the company where I was formerly employed and relations were 'a little strained' when I left, so I am concerned that he is (once again) playing games and messing me about...

  • how long since you submitted the request? Nov 12, 2015 at 23:36
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    Are you retirement age, are you rolling over into an IRA, or are you taking an early withdrawal?
    – Ben Miller
    Nov 12, 2015 at 23:37
  • @JoeTaxpayer 1 month
    – brhans
    Nov 14, 2015 at 13:08
  • @BenMiller Early withdrawal
    – brhans
    Nov 14, 2015 at 13:08

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1 month seems like too long.

Legally, if you request a distribution the process should be completed "as soon as administratively feasible". 1 month seems out of bounds for administratively feasible, but it's a vague terminology anyway.

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