I am 44 years old, permanently disabled from a brain tumor (5 surgeries and radiation). I receive SSD and private LTD in about equal amounts. My house went into foreclosure because last year, my medical expenses exceeded 19K, and for a while, I had to decide between paying for private health insurance (prior to medicare kicking in) or paying my mortgage. In order to get out of foreclosure, I cashed in my very small 401k ($15K) on a hardship basis. I received about $13K after withholding.
Now I am under re-review by my private LTD provider. On the form, it asks about other “income.” There is a specific question about “retirement or pension from…any former employer.” If I report my cashed-out 401k as “income,” and it is in fact counted as income, I will be forced to repay my LTD provider the entire amount since they were paying me and I received outside income (if I did). In other words, is my cashed-out 401k retirement income for the purposes of my LTD, and if so, is it the kind of income, which will be counted for offsetting?
Must I report to my long term private disability provider that I cashed out my 401k? Is my 401k money considered “retirement income,” which would offset my LTD?
I don’t have a clue.
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