Q: I have checked your Q&A and have asked several people about the special retirement supplement (SRS) and can`t seem to get an answer. I’m a 56-year-old Postal Service employee with 22 years of service. Rumor has it there will be another VERA (early out). My two questions are, if I go out on VERA will I be able to take money out of my Thrift Savings Plan account without early withdrawal penalties even though I`m not 59 1/2 years old? I know I will be eligible for SRS. Will the fact that I will be getting SRS, an annuity and TSP payments affect my estimated Social Security benefit at age 62?
A: You will not avoid the early withdrawal penalty rules unless you separate from service during or after the year in which you reach age 55.