Browsing: early withdrawal penalty

Q. I am about 10 years from retiring from the federal government and would like more information on Medicare and Social Security. I was thinking about not taking my Social Security until I am 67 years old. My friend said she is applying for hers as soon as she is eligible (62). How do I determine which age is best for me? Are there comparison charts that will show me approximately what my overall benefit would be if I applied for social security at 62 versus 67?

A. I was looking for some information regarding VERA and what effects it will have on benefits including TSP. I heard that you cannot withdrawal from TSP until age 55 without penalty. I was also told when I called the TSP helpline that even with a VERA, if you leave before age 55, you cannot withdrawal from TSP until age 59½ to avoid penalty. Does anyone know if what I was told is correct? I find it hard to figure things out with the TSP publications available. And you never know if the person you spoke with really knows. Can you…

Q. I plan to retire May 31, 2017, at 51 years old. I am a federal law enforcement employee eligible to retire at age 50 (I have 22½ years as a law enforcement officer and 26 total years). I need to access my TSP immediately to pay emergency expenses. If I request a hardship withdrawal prior to my retirement date, will I be subject to the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty?

Q. I will be 58 in May. I have a massive credit card bill that is causing me huge amounts of stress, and it is costing me $100 per month in interest. No, I wasn’t frivolous in my spending, I have a disabled daughter who I have been helping out in addition to her two service dogs. Can I take money out to pay off the credit card even though I currently have an outstanding TSP loan? Or can I cancel my loan and use that $300 per month to add to my credit card debt? If I could do…

Q. I am a senior Foreign Service officer and will have 26½ years of service under my belt at the end of my current tour in summer 2018. In the Foreign Service, we are eligible for voluntary retirement if we are at least 50 years of age (I will be 54 by summer 2018) and have 20 years of service. I am considering retiring in the fall of 2018, so just before the year in which I turn 55. My question concerns the TSP. Assuming I retire in the fall of 2018, will I be able to make monthly withdrawals…

Q. I was born Jan. 21, 1980, so I’m currently 37. I turn 57 (my minimum retirement age) in 2037. I have 10 years of AD service, from June 1998-May 2008. I joined the civil service a week after leaving the military and now have roughly nine years of service. I have bought back all 10 years of military service but am still in the Air Guard. The Guard position is not linked to my FERS position. If I retire at age 57, do I suffer any penalties or taxes for pulling before age 59½? Or do I need to follow…

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