The IRS prohibits the use of an IRA as security for a loan. If an individual borrows money against his or her IRA, the IRA ceases to be an IRA as of the first day of the year in which the transaction occurs. This means that the IRA balance as of the first day of the year is treated as an IRA distribution, which may be subject to income tax. If the IRA owner is under the age of 59.5, the amount may also be subject to an additional 10% early-distribution penalty.

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