Q. My spouse is a U.S. Marshal retiring at age 51 with 28 years of service retiring next month. The question he has had a hard time getting answers to is transferring his TSP to an IRA and receiving monthly payments. He would like to transfer his TSP to an IRA to maximize his investment options, but is concerned if he takes immediate withdrawals that he will be forced to pay a penalty in addition to taxes.
Is TSP the only option to taking immediate withdrawals before age 59.5? Can immediate withdrawals at 51 be made at firms such as TD Ameritrade or Charles Schwab without penalty?
A. The age 50-plus exemption to the early withdrawal penalty for public safety officers does not apply to withdrawals from an IRA account. See the information at https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/retirement-topics-tax-on-early-distributions.