Question:

Can I use IRA and Roth IRA for down payment?

Answer:

According to the IRS Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) IRA and Roth IRA for down payment are allowed to use, and if you are a first-time homebuyer under 59 no penalty is incurred.

Funds in a Roth IRA must be used after 5 years in the Roth IRA account, or penalties apply.

The Roth IRA for down payment is even better to use. Your Roth IRA funds are 100% available tax and penalty free.

The usage of IRA and Roth IRA money for down payment should be discussed with your tax advisor. In general, the IRA allows one time withdrawal of $10,000 to help towards home expenses. If you have a spouse, you could both withdraw $10,000 to help yourselves with the home purchase.

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