Social Security taxes and TSP withdrawals


Q. After I retire, I am planning to withdraw $4,000 per month from the Thrift Savings Plan and I am not claiming Social Security. How will Social Security taxes be paid for the TSP I withdraw?

A. Social Security taxes can’t be paid from your TSP withdrawals since they are not considered earned income.


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