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Old 01-17-2014, 11:58 PM   #1
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Roth IRA Withdrawal for First Time Homebuyer

In the process of researching a Vanguard Roth IRA account I saw that you are allowed to withdraw without a 10% tax penalty if you are a first time homebuyer. FTHB.

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I also read further and understand, if you aren't a first time homebuyer but your spouse is, than both you and your DH can both withdraw penalty free.

ou can put up to $10,000 of IRA funds toward the purchase of your first home. If you're married, and you and your spouse are first-time buyers, you each can pull from retirement accounts, giving you $20,000 in residential cash.Even better is the IRS definition of "first-time homebuyer." Technically, you don't have to be purchasing youI cr very first abode. You qualify under the tax rules as long as you (or your spouse) didn't own a principal residence at any time during the previous two years. In fact, you can even share your IRA wealth. The IRS says the first-time homebuyer using your IRA funds for a down payment can be you, your spouse, one of your children, a grandchild or a parent."

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I can see some benefits to this. You are planning to buy a home in 2 years and you already have the cash outside of your IRA.

In 2 years if you don't need the IRA money for the dowpayment, more power to you. If you do need it, it will be there with 2 years of potential gains.

Yes if you take it out it could cost you more working years, but if interest rates are low etc now and the market continues to roar it might be a wise move.

What are your thoughts on this and has anyone done this themselves or known anyone to do this. Specifically utilizing the DH as a FTHB?

Also, if my DH buys the home, can I use this same IRA withdrawal after the 2 years of me not owning a residence, or will the prior DH FTHB purchase negate that opportunity?

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Old 01-19-2014, 03:24 PM   #2
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From the last link in OP:

"You can reduce the tax bite by first withdrawing the already-taxed contributions you made to your Roth. In fact, the IRS has specific rules about the order in which you can take unqualified Roth distributions: contributions, conversions from traditional IRAs and earnings. Check Chapter 2 of IRS Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements for details."

My understanding is that your contributions to the Roth may always be withdrawn at anytime without a penalty or tax. If you had enough in Roth contributions to cover your needs you wouldn't have to worry about the FTHB stuff.

But it's pretty hard to get that money into the Roth. I wouldn't take it out except in an emergency. Or maybe if you could see a way to contribute more to a 401k and convert it to a Roth later without a bad tax impact.

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About 3 months ago, my wife & I withdrew around $17000 from our Roth IRA's (most from mine, around $3000 from hers). We used the money to purchase the home we're going to retire in (down payment & closing costs for a VA loan). All of the funds came from our contributions only. I was 55 at the time, wife was & still is 52. I just got the tax statements from Vanguard a couple of days ago. I am under the belief that we will not be assessed taxes or penalties...I guess we'll see when we face the IRS at tax time. I wouldn't have done this if I'd believed we'd owe taxes & penalties.
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