Are there situations in which I can withdraw funds penalty-free from my IRA?
When withdrawing funds from your individual retirement account (IRA), you may be able to avoid early withdrawal penalties (but not taxes) in several situations, including, but not limited to, the following:
- First-time home purchase (up to a $10,000 lifetime maximum).
- For qualified higher education expenses: To pay toward college expenses for the account holder, or for the account holders' spouse, children, and grandchildren.
- Unreimbursed medical expenses within certain limits or health insurance if you’re unemployed.
- The distribution is made in substantially equal periodic payments (minimum 5 years or until the IRA owner reaches 59½).
- You become permanently disabled.
We are a registered investment adviser and do not provide legal, accounting, or tax advice. If you don’t already have one, we strongly encourage you to contact a tax professional for a full list of situations and to determine if this type of withdrawal is right for you.