Loan non-repayment


Q. I am 60½ years old, under FERS and plan to continue to work until 66. I took out a loan from the Thrift Savings Plan and currently have payments for two more years. I am wondering if I could not pay this loan off and have it counted as a disbursement since I am old enough to withdraw from my account. I would not do this until 2013.

A. Yes, if you default on your loan repayment, the TSP will declare your unpaid balance, including interest, a taxable distribution and the usual rules will apply.


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