2019: Does TD Ameritrade reimburse account transfer (ACAT) fee for moving brokerage or IRA account from another investment firm?

Does TD Ameritrade Reimburse ACAT Fee?

So you’ve heard some good (maybe even some great) things about TD Ameritrade’s investment platform and services and so you log into your current brokerage account to see what’s involved in transferring your portfolio. Everything seems pretty straightforward, but then you notice the outgoing ACAT fee your broker charges for the transfer and suddenly you’re less excited about the whole idea. Well, fear no more, because TD Ameritrade will actually reimburse you for your current broker’s ACAT transfer fee.

ACAT Fee Reimbursements at TD Ameritrade

If you transfer your portfolio from another broker to TD Ameritrade, they will reimburse you for the outgoing ACAT fee that your current broker charges. They will reimburse you for up to $150 for this fee, which should be more than enough to cover what most brokers charge for this service. As a reminder, TD Ameritrade doesn’t charge any incoming ACAT fees, so there shouldn’t be any net cost to you when transferring an account to TD Ameritrade.


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How Do I Get the Reimbursement?

All you need to do to qualify is mention you would like to be reimbursed for the fee when you call to setup the ACAT transfer (we didn’t see this advertised on TD Ameritrade’s website, but were happily given all the details when we called a live agent and asked) and submit the required supporting documents. The supporting paperwork will just be a copy of the statement/receipt from your current broker showing the brokerage firm, your name, your account number, and the amount of the ACAT fee you paid.

Can I Get the Reimbursement and Still Do Their New Account Promo?

Next, you may be wondering if you can still take advantage of TD Ameritrade’s new account promotional offer if you also receive an ACAT fee reimbursement. We talked to a TD Ameritrade agent and confirmed that you can still take advantage of their new account promotional offer and also receive the ACAT fee reimbursement. For those who are not familiar with their current promotion, we’ll summarize it below.

TD Ameritrade New Account Promotional Offer

Anyone who opens a new TD Ameritrade account with the offer code “220” by 12/31/2019 and funds it with at least $3,000 within 60 days will receive 500 commission-free equity, ETF, and options trades ($0.75/contract option fee still applies) to be used within 60 days. Additionally, making larger deposits will also qualify you for a cash bonus. Depositing $25,000 to $99,999 will get you a $100 cash bonus, $100,000 to $250,000 will get you a $300 bonus, and depositing more than $250,000 will get you a $600 bonus.

Are There Any Exclusions?

Unfortunately, Keogh plans, tax-exempt trusts, 401(k) plans, money purchase plans, and profit sharing plans do not qualify for this promotional offer.

TD Ameritrade ACAT Transfer Fee Reimbursement Summary

If the ACAT fee was the only thing keeping you from pulling the trigger on moving your taxable portfolio over to TD Ameritrade, you shouldn’t have anything else holding you back now. TD Ameritrade reimburses these fees charged by the outgoing broker up to $150, which is more than enough to cover the fee at most brokers. And the icing on the cake… receiving this reimbursement doesn’t prevent you from also taking advantage of their new account promotional offer and cash bonus.

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