Q. I am taking the Postal Service Voluntary Early Retirement Authority on Jan. 31. I’ll be 56 then. I’d like to take a full withdrawal from my Thrift Savings Plan in monthly payments and then possibly roll the balance into an IRA at age 59½.
I understand that 20 percent will be withheld automatically from my monthly payments for taxes. If I withdraw the balance a few years later, will the 20 percent figure still apply, or can I roll it into the IRA without the tax hit?