I’m 67 and retired. What would be the consequences of using IRA funds to pay off my mortgage?

I’m 67 and retired. What would be the consequences of using IRA funds to pay off my mortgage?

by Joseph A. Pancerella, CPA | Jul 29, 2019

I am retired and 67 years old. Can I use my IRA money to pay off my mortgage? Will it affect my Social Security? 

Yes, it could affect you in many ways, including the following:

  • If you withdraw a significant amount from the IRA, it could make a larger percentage of the Social Security taxable (up to 85%), and also move the income into a higher bracket.
  • If the amount withdrawn is significant, it could affect the amount deducted for Medicare premiums in a later year.

Those are the two most common issues, based on my experience with clients. I suggest you consult a CPA for best practices regarding your situation. 

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Answered by: Joseph A. Pancerella, CPA, is managing director of Pancerella & Associates LLC in Reading, Pa.

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