Q: I am 57 years old. I retired from civil service on Dec. 31, 2010. I have not taken anything out of my TSP account. I would like to withdraw a partial payment from my TSP account and then set up monthly payments. Will I have to pay the 10 percent penalty, on the partial payment, since I am now 57 years old and have been retired for almost six months?
A: Since you retired during or after the year in which you reached age 55, you will not be subject to the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty.