You are welcome to consolidate multiple 401(k)s from previous employers into a single IRA account at Wealthfront. We wish we could handle the 401(k) rollover process just like we can a normal brokerage account transfer, but 401(k) rollovers are a bit different. Your former employer has an exclusive relationship with your 401(k) administrator so the administrator will need to hear from you directly. If you have an IRA account open and funded with us already, you can use the rollover steps below to consolidate your 401(k) into your existing IRA account. If you do not have an IRA account open with us yet, during the account opening signup flow you can select “rollover a 401(k)” and then “IRA” for the account type. For the rollover process itself, the vast majority of 401(k) providers will liquidate your account and send a check per your instructions.
Please note that some 401(k)s contain both a traditional (pre-tax) component and Roth (post-tax) portion. If this is the case, you will need to open both a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA using our website by clicking the “open a new account” link on your Wealthfront dashboard once you have one of the accounts open. The traditional component of your 401(k) should be rolled over to your traditional IRA account and the Roth component of your 401(k) should be rolled over to your Roth IRA account. In both cases your account must meet our $500 minimum.
When you call or email the 401(k) administrator to request a rollover, they will ask you how you want the rollover check made payable and where you want it sent.
The check should be made payable to "Wealthfront Brokerage Corporation" and should reference your name and your Wealthfront IRA account number. The check should be sent to:
Important: You must include your name and Wealthfront IRA account number in the Memo/Note line so we know which account to fund.
(You can view your account number by clicking on your name, then "Settings" and then the title of your account in the menu on the left).
If you are opening a new IRA account with us for your 401K rollover, our website will provide the above rollover instructions as well.
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