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How to Borrow Against Your Retirement Plan

By: Jason Markum

We are in one of the worst recessions in the history of America. Money is tight for everyone. Home-equity lines of credit are shriveling up faster than you can blink, and credit cards for cracking down and raising interest rates, making it harder than ever to borrow money. And with the unemployment rate skyrocketing, many people are finding it hard to make ends meet.

So where can you find money when you need it? In this article today I’m going to talk about a really cool way to borrow money quickly without the hassle of banks or credit card companies, and at a lower interest rate than you might expect…

Most people don’t know that you can borrow money against your retirement plan. If you have a retirement plan that you’ve been paying money into for years, then you’ve got an untapped source of credit right at your fingertips. Most retirement plans will NOT allow you to cash in the plan and take money out directly, but many if not most will allow you to borrow against your retirement plan; and that is what I’m going to talk about today.

There are several things to consider before borrowing against your retirement plan. First, all loans must be paid off at a steady rate of interest over a period of five years or less. Most of the time, you cannot borrow for longer than five years from your retirement plan. There is one exception, and that is if you are borrowing in order to purchase a primary residence house; then you may be able to create longer loan terms.

Next, it is important to know that you cannot deduct the interest that you pay on this loan. This is not always the case, but it is so often that you might as well think of it as occurring all of the time.

All loans taken out against your retirement plan must be written down into an actual loan agreement with interest rates stated and the loan terms stated. You have to treat this like a regular loan that you would get from a bank and that means keeping the paperwork and making your payments on time. If you miss payments there may be tax consequences involved.

It may be possible for you to do this all on your own, but I highly recommend that you contact a certified public accountant, or CPA for short, to make sure that you do everything correctly. You’re also going to want to discuss any tax implications your loan may have as well as any tax reporting requirements that the loan may create.

There you have it, an easy and safe credit source right at your fingertips by tapping in to your pension plan.

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