Tax penalty for TSP withdrawal


Q. I am looking at retiring next year, during the year that I turn 55. I qualify under the law enforcement officer firefighter provision. I would like to make a 100 percent withdrawal from my TSP. I am aware that this would put me in the 33 percent tax bracket, but would I be subject to the 10 percent tax penalty for early withdrawal?

A. Under those circumstances, if you make the withdrawal after you retire, you will be exempt from the early withdrawal penalty.


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