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IRA Withdrawals and Your Retirement

By    |   Sunday, 14 June 2015 11:05 PM

Withdrawing money from an IRA, also known as a distribution, is intended for retirement and comes with tax advantages associated with keeping funds in an account until age 59.5.

Taking distributions from a traditional IRA before that age typically results in a 10 percent penalty, before federal and state taxes, according to Fidelity.com. Situations such as buying a first home, qualified education expenses and reimbursed medical expenses, among others, aren't subject to a penalty.

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It's always advisable to consult a tax adviser about your particular needs.

Between ages 59.5 and 70.5, you can start taking money without penalty, though it is considered income at that point and may be subject to federal or state taxes. Fidelity suggests coming up with a distribution plan to see if your assets will supply necessary income during retirement.

The government requires traditional IRA holders to start making withdrawals beginning at age 70.5, also referred to as minimum required distributions, according to IRS.gov. For the first year of the year after turning 70.5, the payment can be delayed until April 1. After that, the required minimum distribution must be taken by Dec. 31 of that year.


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The rules are different regarding a Roth IRA, as withdrawals are tax-free and penalty-free, assuming the money has been deposited for at least five years and its being withdrawn under the correct circumstances, including that you're 59.5 years old. Non-qualified distributions are subject to a 10 percent tax.

Owners of a Roth IRA aren't required to make minimum distributions at any point during their lifetime.

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