10% penalty waived if permanently disabled with TSP


Q.  I have just been granted a medical disability from civil service, and I would like to withdraw some money from my TSP account. I would like to know if the rules apply for TSP like they do for an IRA account in waiving the 10 percent penalty if you have a permanent disability.

A. Yes, the “totally and permanently disabled” exemption from the early withdrawal penalty does apply to the TSP.


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