Q. I am a 52-year-old Postal Service employee and am seriously considering liquidating my TSP account. What are the penalties for this action? Would there be a less painful way to do this to lessen the amount of money I will lose?
A. The early withdrawal penalty is 10 percent of the gains in the account. The only way to avoid the penalty is to meet one of the exceptions listed on Page 7 of the notice at https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-536.pdf.