Wash. Admin. Code § 415-501-510 - May I withdraw some or all of my accumulated deferrals in the event of an unforeseeable emergency?

(1) Notwithstanding any other provisions in this chapter, you may request all or a portion of your accumulated deferrals if:
(a) You are terminally ill. The department's recordkeeper will arrange for payment to you within 10 business days following application. To be eligible, the department's recordkeeper must receive documentation verifying your terminal illness along with your application.
(b) You have a qualifying unforeseeable emergency. The department's recordkeeper will distribute payment to you typically within 60 business days following application. To be eligible, the department's recordkeeper must receive documentation verifying your unforeseeable emergency, along with your application. The amount paid will be limited strictly to that amount reasonably necessary to satisfy the emergency need.
(c) If you have Roth deferrals, you may be taxed on earnings if the Roth withdrawal does not meet the definition of a qualified distribution (see WAC 415-501-110(16).
(2) For purposes of this plan, an unforeseeable emergency is severe financial hardship resulting from:
(a) A personal illness or accident or the illness or injury of a spouse or dependent who meets the definition in Section 152(a) of the Internal Revenue Code;
(b) Loss of your property due to casualty, including the need to rebuild a home following damage not otherwise covered by homeowner's insurance, e.g., as a result of natural disaster; or
(c) Other similar extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances arising as a result of events beyond your control, such as:
(i) The imminent foreclosure of or eviction from your primary residence due to circumstances that were beyond your control;
(ii) The need to pay medical expenses, including nonrefundable deductibles as well as the cost of prescription drug medication; or
(iii) The need to pay funeral expenses of a participant's or beneficiary's spouse or dependent (as defined in Section 152(a) of the Internal Revenue Code without regard to Sections 152 (b)(1), (2), and (d)(1)).
(3) The circumstances that constitute an unforeseeable emergency depend upon the facts of each case, but, in no case will the department's recordkeeper approve a distribution request if the financial hardship is or may be relieved:
(a) Through reimbursement or compensation by insurance or otherwise; or
(b) By liquidation of your assets, to the extent liquidation of such assets would not itself cause severe financial hardship; or
(c) By cessation of deferrals under the plan.
(4) Examples: The following types of occurrences are not considered unforeseeable emergencies: Sending your child to college or purchasing a home.
(5) If the department's recordkeeper denies your request for distribution, you may request a review of that decision according to the provisions of WAC 415-08-015.


Wash. Admin. Code § 415-501-510
Amended by WSR 14-10-045, filed 4/30/14, effective 6/1/2014 Amended by WSR 20-17-006, Filed 8/5/2020, effective 9/5/2020 Amended by WSR 22-17-049, Filed 8/11/2022, effective 9/11/2022 Amended by WSR 23-18-025, Filed 8/25/2023, effective 9/25/2023

Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5), 41.50.780(10), and 41.50.770. 04-22-053, § 415-501-510, filed 10/29/04, effective 11/29/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5),41.50.770 and 41.50.780. 02-02-059, § 415-501-510, filed 12/28/01, effective 1/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.770, [41.50.]780 and 41.50.050. 00-11-104, amended and recodified as § 415-501-510, filed 5/18/00, effective 6/18/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050. 98-20-047, § 415-524-010, filed 9/30/98, effective 10/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050 and 41.50.780(11). 96-16-020, § 415-524-010, filed 7/29/96, effective 7/29/96.

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