My wife and I both converted our Traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs in Dec 1998 and have invested the maximum amount each year to date in the Roth. I am purchasing a new home in January. Do my wife and I each qualify for a one-time, tax-free $10,000 "qualified

By Denise Appleby AAA
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You and your spouse each qualify for a penalty-free distribution of up to $10,000 for the purchase, acquisition or construction of your principal residence or first home. By IRS standards, you are a first-time homebuyer if you did not own an interest in a principal residence during the two years prior to the purchase of a new home. Further, because it has been five years since you established your first Roth IRA, and the distributions will be used towards the purchase, acquisition or construction of your principal residence or first home, the distribution meets the requirements of a "qualified distribution" and will be tax- and penalty-free.

For more information, see the section on distributions in our Roth IRA Tutorial.

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