Q. I will be retiring with 20 years active-duty military in two years and am thinking about tapping into my Thrift Savings Plan for a 20 percent down payment on a home. I realize withdrawing early includes penalties I don’t want to pay. Would taking out a TSP loan be my best option? I’d like to use about $30,000 toward my retirement home, and the interest rates seem low enough I wouldn’t take that much of a hit.
A. If you can repay it, a loan would be a reasonable way to avoid the early withdrawal penalty.