In this article we outline thoughts and questions to consider with your tax and financial advisors if you are considering a withdrawal from your Non-Deductible IRA to pay for your Entry Fee in a CCRC or Life Plan Community.

Please note: While this page is not tax or financial advice, it is meant to give you a good baseline for a conversation with financial professionals who specialize in tax and retirement account management.  A few hours of time with a tax or other licensed financial professional could save you a lot of money in unexpected tax consequences.

Non-Deductible IRA Overview

If you are thinking of ways to pay for your Entry Fee to a Life Plan Community or CCRC, you may be considering accessing the funds you have accumulated in a Traditional IRA. Often, the year you move into a retirement community you may consider a larger than average withdrawal to cover your Entry Fees, Purchase, or Deposits. This may create more taxable income.  Reviewing the below questions and thoughts with your financial advisor can help you get a head start to smart planning!

Do I have a Non-Deductible IRA?

You have a “Nondeductible” IRA if you opened the account as an IRA and made after-tax contributions to it during your earning years because you were ineligible based on income levels to deduct your contributions on your tax return.

Do I have to make withdrawals from my Non-Deductible IRA?

Until you reach your Required Beginning Date defined as the date at which you must begin making withdrawals or your Required Minimum Distributions, the earnings and gains within the Non-Deductible IRA account are tax deferred.

What is my Required Beginning Date (RBD)?

Age 70 ½ for anyone who reached that age before 12/31/2019;

Age 72 if you reached that age between 1/1/2020 and 12/31/2022;

Age 73 if you reached that age after 1/1/2023.

Age 75 if you reach age 74 after 12/31/2032

The first withdrawal must be made by April 1st of the year following your Required Beginning Date. In subsequent years, your first withdrawal must be made  by December 31st of that yea

What is a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) and how do I know what the minimum distribution should be?

According to the IRS, Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are minimum amounts that IRA and retirement plan account owners generally must withdraw annually. For an easy to use calculator that can generally estimate your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) visit the AARP website at the link provided here.

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Things to consider when withdrawing funds from a Non-Deductible IRA

What portion of my withdrawal will be taxable?

Distributions will contain both a taxable and a non-taxable portion.

The nontaxable portion is based on the after-tax contributions.

The taxable portion is based on the money those contributions earned over time.

What is the 10% penalty and how can I avoid it?

A 10% additional tax is applied if you withdraw or use IRA assets before you reach age 59 ½, unless an exception applies.  For example, unreimbursed medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income may be exempt from the tax.

What is the 25% penalty and how can I avoid it? 

If you do not take any distributions after your Required Beginning Date or the distribution is not large enough, the IRS could impose a 25% excise tax on the amount not distributed as required. This may be reduced to 10% if you correct the missed RMD in a timely manner.

Can I take out a loan against my Non-Deductible IRA? 

Borrowing money from a Traditional IRA or using it as security for a loan are considered prohibited transactions that will result in additional tax.

Is there a limit to the amount I can withdraw annually from a Non-Deductible IRA?

There is not a limit to the amount you can withdraw from a Non-Deductible IRA. Although there is no official limit we strongly recommend you review how much to withdraw each year with your tax and/or financial advisors.


Eight questions to ask your tax or financial Advisors before withdrawing from your Non-Deductible IRA account to pay for your Entry Fee:

1. Do I have a Non-Deductible IRA?

2. What portion of my Non-Deductible IRA is attributable to non-deductible/after-tax deductible/pre-tax contributions?

3. How much can I withdraw from my Non-Deductible IRA without going into a higher income tax bracket?

4. If I do go into a higher income tax bracket what is the likely:

(a) additional federal or state income tax?

(b) Medicare surcharge?

(c) additional portion of my social security income that could be taxed?

(d) higher capital gains taxes if I sell stock during the year because I am in a different tax bracket?

5. If I am under 59 ½, do any of the exceptions to the 10% penalty apply?

6. Does my community determine an annual ratio of medical expenses to total expenses that I can share with my accountant? If so, can I use this information to deduct a portion of my entrance fee and/or monthly fee from my income as a medical or other expense?

7. Can I take advantage of this deduction if I do not itemize and simply take the standard deduction? Or do I have to itemize and is it worth itemizing?

8. Do I have more tax-efficient ways to fund my move into my CCRC or Life Plan Community?

A Bridge Loan could be another financing option if withdrawals from retirement accounts are not recommended by your financial advisors.

If after consulting with your tax or financial advisor withdrawing from retirement accounts or selling your securities is not something you want to do, there are other funding options. Second Act provides a Home Equity Line of Credit that can act as a bridge loan to help you pay for your CCRC or Life Plan Community Entry Fees so you can move in first and have the time you need to list and sell your home for the best possible price.

With fast approval, competitive rates, and a special focus on serving seniors, we could help because we understand. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you navigate your journey to a rewarding retirement.

Important Disclaimer

The information in this page is not meant to serve as financial, tax, or personal financial planning advice.  No decisions should be made from reading the information on this page.  Decisions should be made after careful analysis and consultation with your financial, tax, accounting, or other professional advisor licensed to provide retirement advice.

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