How to Cash Out an Annuity for Senior Care

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

How to Cash Out an Annuity for Senior Care

Cashing out an annuity for senior care requires careful planning to minimize penalties.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1. Understand Your Annuity Contract

  • Review Terms: Examine your annuity contract to understand the terms and conditions.
  • Identify Penalties: Look for surrender charges and tax implications.

2. Explore Penalty-Free Withdrawals

  • Age-Related Withdrawals: If you’re 59 ½ or older, you can make withdrawals without a 10% IRS penalty.
  • Annual Withdrawal Limit: Some annuities allow a certain percentage of withdrawal annually without penalties.

3. Use Health-Related Waivers

  • Chronic Illness or Nursing Care Waivers: Check if your contract includes waivers for nursing care or chronic illness.
  • Documentation: Gather medical documentation to support the waiver application.

4. Consult a Financial Advisor

  • Expert Guidance: Consult a financial advisor to understand the best course of action.
  • Tax Implications: Discuss how cashing out might affect your taxes.

5. Consider Partial Withdrawals

  • Balance Need and Penalties: Withdraw only what is necessary to minimize penalties.

6. Evaluate Surrendering the Policy

  • Last Resort: Consider this option if other means are not sufficient.
  • Understand Impact: Be aware of the financial impact of surrendering your annuity.


Cashing out an annuity for senior care should be done cautiously to avoid penalties. Use penalty-free withdrawals or health-related waivers before considering surrendering the policy. This approach helps preserve your financial resources while providing for senior care needs.

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Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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