Are TSP withdrawals earned income?


Q: For those covered under Federal Employees Retirement System law enforcement retirement, is the earnings test applied toward funds received from their Thrift Savings Plan if those amounts exceed the earnings test for Special LEO/FF SS Supplement after their minimum retirement age?

A: No. TSP withdrawals are not considered earned income.


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