Q. I retired early with more than 20 years of service due to work-related injuries. I am 50. I have more than $314,000 in my Thrift Savings Plan. I want to withdraw either a partial or full amount but also want to avoid the 10 percent penalty tax. If I transfer my money to an IRA, then make a withdrawal, will I be able to avoid the penalty? What are my options?
A. You should consult IRS Publication 590 for the exceptions to the early withdrawal penalty that apply to IRAs. See Page 7 of the notice at https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-536.pdf for exceptions that apply to withdrawals from the TSP. And consider engaging a CPA for guidance to make sure that you don’t make a costly mistake in getting to your money.