Help with IRAs
General IRA questions
If you have a (pre-tax) traditional IRA, you typically haven’t paid taxes on the contributions made to your account or any earnings. When you withdraw money from a traditional IRA, the IRS treats it like income to you. You may be required to pay taxes on the withdrawal based on your current income tax bracket.
If you have an (after-tax) Roth IRA, you already paid income tax on the money in your account and your savings grow tax-free. This means you don’t have to pay taxes on the money you take from a Roth IRA after age 59 ½, assuming you satisfy the 5-Year Rule from the IRS.1
If you have tax questions related to your IRA, talk with a tax professional.
You are not able to take a loan from an IRA. However, there are several exceptions that allow you to take a distribution from your IRA prior to age 59 ½ without a 10% early distribution penalty in order to cover certain costs—for example, making a down payment on your first home, paying for higher education and for certain birth and adoption expenses. Taxes on the distribution may still apply.
Additionally, you can take money out of your account and return it within 60 days—as a rollover—and you will not have to pay taxes or penalties on the amount you put back into your IRA. This is something you can do once in a 12-month period for any IRA account.
If you have questions about how these exceptions or an early distribution could impact you, talk with a tax professional.
An RMD is the amount you must withdraw from your IRA each year. You must begin taking RMDs for the year you turn age 72 and annually thereafter. If you withdraw less than your RMD, or miss the deadline, you may be subject to a tax penalty of up to 50% of the amount you were required to withdraw for the year.
How much you can contribute depends on whether or not you are contributing to other retirement plans such as a 401(k). Find out current contribution limits.
Principal® SimpleInvest questions
You may request withdrawals from your account online. Look for the Transactions tab on your account dashboard.
If the withdrawal amount is $50,000 or more, or is an amount that will bring your balance below the required minimum balance of $5,000, please contact our team at 866-412-0770.
Depending on the plan’s requirements, it typically takes about seven to ten business days for an electronic transfer to be completed. Paper checks may take longer.
If you have additional funding questions, review our detailed funding instructions.
You can link a bank account like your personal checking or savings account to your Principal SimpleInvest account at any time and then transfer funds from your bank account into your account. It may take a couple days for the money to transfer. To get started, log in to your account and click on the Transfer Money tab.
If you have additional funding questions, review our detailed funding instructions.
If you are required to take an RMD, you will be notified by Apex, your Principal SimpleInvest account custodian. Apex is the financial institution holding your investments for safekeeping.
If you have questions about how to take an RMD, please talk with a tax professional. If you have questions about the amount you need to take from your account, contact our team at 866-412-0770.
To view your current account beneficiaries, log in and select the My Beneficiary tab from your account dashboard. A list of your current accounts will then be displayed. Click on the account to view current beneficiary elections.
Remember, beneficiaries are account-specific designations. You’ll want to review your elections for all accounts and make sure they match your wishes. Not sure who to name as your beneficiary? Check out our 5 considerations for choosing retirement beneficiaries.
Our team is ready to help however it’s most convenient for you—by phone, live chat, or email.
Call us at 866-412-0770 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT or email email@example.com.
If you’re logged into your account, live chat our team Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT.
Principal Bank® questions
If you have a Principal Bank Automatic Rollover IRA (also known as Safe Harbor or Plan Term IRA), a Money Market,2 High Yield Money Market, or an Assured Savings, you can request a withdrawal online up to $25,000. Log in to get started.
Have more questions about your Automatic Rollover IRA? Check out our automatic rollover FAQs.
If you would like to request a withdraw more than $25,000 or you have an IRA CD,3 log in to access a distribution form through your online account. You can fax, mail, or email the completed form to Principal Bank.
Don’t have an online account yet? Create one now or call 800-672-3343 to request a form.
You may be able to add money to your account and set up recurring contributions online. Log in to get started.4
You can mail a check to make a one-time contribution to your account. Get a contribution form online or by calling 800-672-3343 to request one.
Your RMD can be found on your annual statement. If you elected to receive electronic statements, new statements are posted to your online account each January. If you haven’t signed up for electronic delivery of statements, we’ll mail your statement to the address we have on file.
To sign up for electronic delivery, login to your account.
To take your RMD from a CD, Money Market, or Automatic IRA, complete and return the RMD form. You can also elect to have your RMD automatically distributed each year. See form for details.
To update your beneficiaries, log in to your account and click on your IRA Account and select Services & Forms. Click on the Assign beneficiaries to my IRA link and complete, print and return the form.
Call 800-672-3343 weekdays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. for information on your current beneficiary election.
Remember, beneficiaries are account-specific designations. You’ll want to review your elections for all accounts and make sure they match your wishes. Not sure who to name as your beneficiary?
We’re here for you and ready to help. Call us at 800-672-3343 weekdays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
PO Box 9351
Des Moines, IA 50306-9351
711 High Street
Des Moines, IA 50392
You can also email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a couple of things to know if you send forms via email. This isn’t a secure email address and there is a chance information could be compromised. Formats accepted are PDF, PNG, TIF or JPEG files. For best results, add the document as an attachment.
This email address is only for processing forms and we aren’t able to respond from this address. If you have additional questions or need help, give us a call.
Principal Funds questions
To withdraw money from your account, call us at 800-222-5852 or complete a distribution form (PDF).
If you don’t currently have a bank account on file and want to do a direct deposit to your bank account, complete and return the Electronic Funds Transfer form (PDF). The form is processed within three business days after receiving it. After a 15-day waiting period to ensure the safety and security of your account, the distribution request can be processed over the phone.
If you have a bank account on file, you can make a contribution to your account by calling weekdays between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT or by logging in to your account. If you don’t have a bank account on file, complete and return our Electronic Funds Transfer form (PDF).
If you prefer to mail in your contribution, use the deposit slip included on the end of your most recent Principal Funds statement. Check out available investment options from Principal Funds.
We’ll mail you a letter at the end of January with information about the RMD for your Principal Funds IRA. To make a one-time withdrawal of your RMD or to set up automatic withdrawals, call 800-222-5852 weekdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT, or complete and return an RMD form.
You can view your current elected beneficiaries online. After logging in, click on Principal Funds on the My Account Summary page (if your Principal Funds IRA is your only account at Principal, skip this step). Next, click on View Details found near the middle of the page, then click Fund Details. You’ll then find your beneficiary information.
If you’d like to update your beneficiary information, you’ll need to complete a beneficiary designation form (PDF).
Remember, beneficiaries are account specific designations. You’ll want to review your elections for all accounts and make sure they match your wishes. Not sure who to name as your beneficiary?
We’re here for you and ready to help. Call us at 800-222-5852 weekdays from 7am – 7pm.
PO Box 21916
Kansas City, MO 64121-9216
430 W 7th St, Ste 219216
Kansas City, Mo 64105-1407
1 Your account must be open for 5 years and you must be over age 59 ½ (or meet certain other exceptions) to be eligible for qualified tax-free withdrawals.
2 If you have a Money Market account with Principal Bank and are 59 ½ or older, you can order checks for your account and withdraw money at any time (up to 6 distributions each month). Call us at 800-672-3343 to order checks.
3 If you’re in a CD, you may only make penalty-free withdrawals during your CD renewal period.
4 If you’re in a Standard, Liquid, or legacy IRA CD, you may only make contributions to your account during your CD renewal period. If you’re in a Select IRA CD, you may make contributions at any time.
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