When to withdraw TSP without penalty


Q. I work for the Postal Service. I have 30 years of service. I will have to take a discontinued retirement today. I will turn 55 in December. My minimum retirement age is 56. I understand from a previous question that I qualify to receive my Thrift Savings Plan without penalty because I am retiring in the year that I will turn 55.  Will I be able to start withdrawing this money from TSP without penalty when I retire? Or in December, when I turn 55? Or at my MRA of 56?

A. Your MRA has nothing to do with it.


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