Since an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a long-term investment vehicle, protected by taxation and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) penalties for early withdrawal, it can often feel as though your money is out of reach, particularly for younger investors.
However, there are some strategic, investment and tax-planning situations where liquidating your IRA can prove beneficial.
An IRA does not allow certain investments without penalty, such as collectibles, so you may want to liquidate your IRA and use the cash for these investments in a taxable investment account.
You will have to pay ordinary income tax on any withdrawals, and if you are under the age of 59 1/2, you may be subject to a 10 percent penalty, but if you want to own these types of investments--or if you simply need the money--you are allowed to access the funds in your IRA.
The only way to reinvest money you have taken from an IRA and avoid the taxes is to have the new investment be classified as an IRA.
Reinvesting IRA proceeds into an investment or account that is not set up as an IRA will not get you out of paying taxes on the IRA proceeds.
However, if you've made nondeductible contributions to your traditional IRA, those aren't taxed when you withdraw them.
Similarly, since all Roth IRA distributions are nondeductible, you get those out tax-free but you'll have to pay income taxes on any earnings.
Once you have liquidated your IRA and received the money, you have 60 days to deposit the proceeds into another IRA.
You can actually use the IRA money any way you want for the 60 days, as long as the money is eventually deposited before the 60 days pass.
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