Qualified Exceptions For Traditional And Roth IRA DistributionsApr 30, 2012
By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee
IRAs are designed to help people save for retirement. To help ensure that the money goes toward supporting people after they stop working, the law imposes a 10 percent tax penalty on early withdrawals. Take your money out before you turn 59½, and you generally will incur the penalty tax – unless your withdrawal meets one of the standard exceptions.
What’s on the list?
- Disability: If you become totally and permanently disabled, you can draw on your IRA accounts without paying the 10 percent penalty tax.
- Death: Should you die, your beneficiary will receive your IRA without paying the 10 percent penalty tax.
- Health insurance while you are unemployed: You generally are allowed to withdraw money from your IRA, without paying the 10 percent penalty tax, up to the amount you pay for health insurance during the taxable year you are separated from employment if you also receive at least 12 consecutive weeks of unemployment compensation (or would have received such compensation but for the fact you were self-employed) and if your IRA distribution is made during the year such unemployment compensation is paid, or the succeeding year..
- Large medical bills: If you have high medical expenses, you can generally take money out of your IRA without the 10 percent penalty tax for those non-reimbursable expenses that are greater than 10 percent of your adjusted gross income for the year.
- Substantially equal payments: If your IRA distribution is part of a series of substantially equal periodic (not less frequently than annually) payments made for your life (or life expectancy) or the joint lives (or joint life expectancies) of you and your designated beneficiary, the withdrawal is generally not subject to the 10 percent tax penalty.
- Qualified education expenses: You can generally use money in your IRA to pay your own or your children’s qualified higher educational expenses during the year.
- Purchase of your first house: You can generally take up to $10,000 out of your IRA to put toward the purchase of your first house.
This list is not exhaustive. You can take other types of distributions without paying a 10 percent tax penalty. For example, if you roll an IRA account into an employer retirement plan, you generally won’t pay the 10 percent penalty tax, nor will you pay the 10 percent penalty tax for a transfer incident to a divorce. And if you contribute more than the law allows, you can take out the excess plus earnings without penalty if you do so by the tax-return due date.
Go to http://www.irs.gov/ or talk with your tax professional to determine if your distribution qualifies for an exception to the 10 percent penalty tax.
Neither State Farm nor its agents provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your own adviser regarding your particular circumstances.
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