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Can I make withdrawls to my retirement account before age 62 without penalties?

Oct 21, 2009

The key for the withdrawl penalty as to age is 59 1/2. If retirement withdrawals occur before that age, then the penalty could be applicable.

But even if you are younger than 59 1/2, there is an IRS exception to the penalty if the distribution is after separation from service and the distributions are in a series of equal payments over the life of the participant. The IRS has a very good publication that can help with this detail called Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements that discuss these options.