Submitted By: someone
Answered: November 3, 2020 11:14 pm

I am 67 years old and took a distribution from my 401(k) account to pay closing costs for my new home. Am I taxed on this distribution?

The distribution is included in gross income; there is no exclusion in the law for using retirement account funds for this purpose. However, because you are over age 59½, there is no 10% early distribution penalty. Younger participants taking 401(k) withdrawals for home-buying costs are subject to penalty. The exemption from the 10% penalty only applies to withdrawals from IRAs for first-time homebuyers, and only up to $10,000.

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Tax Glossary

Mortgage interest

Fully deductible interest on up to two residences if acquisition debt secured by a home is $1 million or less, and home equity debt is $100,000 or less.

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