Taxable distribution


Q. I’ll be retiring this year, and using a portion of my TSP account balance to purchase a retirement home. My question is: For example, If I take an Age-Based In-Service Withdrawal of $100,000, and the TSP withholds 20 percent for taxes ($20,000) and I request an additional withholding of $10,000 to cover any tax shortfalls, will the declared taxable distribution be $100,000 or $130,000?

A. The withholding is taken from the withdrawal, so the declared taxable distribution will be $100,000, you’ll receive $70,000 of it, and $30,000 will be deposited and held against your tax liability for the year.


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