Withdrawing money out of a retirement account is never ideal, but if you meet specific criteria, you may be exempt from paying the 10% tax.
The majority of people in their 50s and 60s who are concerned about saving enough money for retirement hear two words from most financial advisers and retirement coaches: work longer. They believe doing so will increase their savings, allow them to get larger Social Security payments (by postponing them till they reach their full retirement age or age 70), and give them something to do in their “unretirement.”
Many people find retirement to be a daunting prospect. After spending years in a routine of work, retirement marks a significant change in lifestyle that can be overwhelming for some. The prospect of losing the daily structure and social interactions that work provides can leave some retirees feeling lonely and without a sense of purpose.