|Qualified retirement plan distributions (does not apply to IRAs) if you separated from service in or after the year you reach age 55 (age 50 for qualified public service employees).|
|02||Distributions made as a part of a series of substantially equal periodic payments (made at least annually) for your life (or life expectancy) or the joint lives (or joint life expectancies) of you and your designated beneficiary (if from an employer plan, payments must begin after separation of service).|
|03||Distributions due to total and permanent disability.|
|04||Distributions due to death (does not apply to modified endowment contracts).|
|05||Qualified retirement plan distributions up to (1) the amount you paid for unreimbursed medical expenses during the year minus (2) 7.5% of your adjusted gross income for the year|
|06||Qualified retirement plan distributions made to an alternate payee under a qualified domestic relations order (does not apply to IRAs).|
|07||IRA distributions made to unemployed individuals for health insurance premiums.|
|08||IRA distributions made for higher education expenses.|
|09||IRA distributions made for the purchase of a first home (up to $10,000).|
|10||Distributions due to an IRS levy on the qualified retirement plan.|
|11||Qualified distributions to reservists while serving on active duty for at least 180 days.|
|12||Other (see other on pg. 3 of Form 5329 instructions)|
Of note, some exceptions (nos. 7,8, and 9) only apply to IRAs, and some exceptions (nos. 1 and 6) do not apply to IRAs.
It may be helpful to consult a financial or tax advisor before taking an early distribution from a retirement plan. They can help determine of one of the above exceptions apply and, therefore elmiminate the 10% early distribution penalty.
Finally, these are the penalty exceptions that were in effect as of Novbember 5, 2008. There is a possibility that Congress may act to forgive the early distribution penalty in 2008 and provide some economic relief to the tax payer.
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