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When they're gone, you can take
the earnings prior to age 59 1/2 under the same rules as you can with a traditional IRA.
If you take them under Section 72(t) of the Infernal (sic) Revenue Code, you will pay
taxes but no early withdrawal penalty.


What I was referring to was the "substantially equal payment" option on the regular IRA. Under this distribution option, there are no penalties under age 59.

In all the literature I have read, I could not find any indication of the "substantially equal payment option" for a Roth IRA.

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