Is down-payment gift taxable income?

Mom taps retirement account to help daughter buy condo

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Inman Connect New York | January 29 - February 1, 2019

DEAR BENNY: In January I lent my daughter $20,000 so she could use it as a down payment on her condominium unit. She gave me a promissory note. I took the money out of my retirement account (I am retired). My tax person said this will be added to my yearly income and I have to claim it as my income. I have a friend who works as a loan officer at a bank; she said I just have to claim the interest. Who is right? –Linda