TSP withdrawal


Q. I started taking 4 percent of my Thrift Savings Plan when I retired. When I reach 70½, will I have to make a total withdrawal or will I be able to take life expectancy payments? I am CSRS Offset if that makes a difference.

A. You may change the amount of fixed monthly payments once each year or you may switch from TSP calculated payments to fixed payments, but not the other way around. See the publication at https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tspbk02.pdf for info.


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