TSP withdrawal


Q. My wife has contributed to her Thrift Savings Plan all her career and we will draw on it soon. We both have federal pensions and Social Security pensions that do not count toward income for purposes of the Social Security cap.

If she receives her TSP in a lump sum, I know we have to pay taxes, but will that money be considered income for that year and offset our Social Security pensions, or is her TSP considered part of her retirement income?

A. TSP withdrawals are not considered earned income.


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