Q. I am 61½ years old. I want to pay my mortgage off. I am losing my contract job and need to lower my debt. I have saved up all but $30,000. If I withdraw that from my Thrift Savings Plan, how much in federal taxes will I have to pay? Would it be better to get a personal loan?
A. Your TSP withdrawal will be added to your income for the year and taxed at your marginal tax rate for the year. You’ll need to prepare a pro-forma tax return to estimate the amount you’ll owe. It’s impossible to say, without more rigorous analysis, whether or not a personal loan would be a better solution.