Another Source For A Down Payment

Dated: 03/21/2016

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Most taxpayers know that they will pay a 10% penalty if they withdraw funds from their IRA before they turn 59.5 years old. There is an exception for first­time home buyers that allows a penalty-free withdrawal of up to $10,000 per person if they haven’t owned a home in the previous two years.

This would allow a married couple who each have an IRA to withdraw a lifetime maximum of $10,000 each, penalty-free for a home purchase.

In many cases, the money would be used for a down payment or closing costs. However, some buyers might consider this source to increase their down payment so they could qualify for a loan without mortgage insurance.
If the taxpayer qualifies for the penalty-­free withdrawal, there may still be taxes due. Contributions to traditional IRAs are made with before­-tax dollars and the tax is paid when the funds are withdrawn. Since Roth IRAs are made with after­tax dollars, there is no tax due when the funds are withdrawn.
Another interesting fact about this provision is that the taxpayer making the withdrawal can help a qualified relative which includes children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents.
Homebuyers who are considering using IRA funds for a home purchase should get expert advice from their tax professional concerning their individual situation.

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Tory Sartwelle

Specializing in Houston's Inner Loop areas and nearby Clear Lake, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, Kemah, League City, Santa Fe, Alvin, and surrounding areas. I help people buy, sell and lease the ....

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