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Shawn C
Returning Member

401K and house improvements

Is there any tax relief if you are retired and withdrawal from your 401K to do an upgrade/repair for your house? 

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Opus 17
Level 15

401K and house improvements

No.  Withdrawals from pre-tax retirement plans are always subject to regular income tax.  If you are younger than 59-1/2, they are also subject to a 10% penalty for early withdrawal.  There are some tax provisions that provide relief from the 10% penalty.  But there are no provisions that provide relief from the income tax. 

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
Employee Tax Expert

401K and house improvements

Hi Shawn,

Unfortunately there is no relief for withdrawing funds from your 401k for use in upgrading your personal residence.


You do however, get to increase the cost basis of your home by the value of the upgrades, so that  you can reduce the gain on your home if/when you sell.



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