Browsing: early withdrawal penalty

Q. I work for the Department of Interior and have accepted a VERA Early Out. I would like to take my whole TSP account and rollover to an IRA. Some say there is not a 10 percent penalty for simply rolling over to an IRA, and some say there will be a 10 percent penalty for rolling over to an IRA. I am age 50, which is why I’m asking.

Q. My agency, Veterans Affairs, is firing many employees for performance under the VA accountability act. I have 28 years of service after buying back seven years of military service and am 49. Will I get non-reduced retirement and access to my TSP withdrawals if I am given involuntary separation due to performance?

Q. I am planning on retiring sometime after September 2019, which is when I know the TSP withdrawal rules are changing. I want to know if, after September 2019, I would be permitted to do the following: withdraw 20 percent of my balance to pay off outstanding bills; use 40 to 60 percent to purchase a Met Life annuity; and/or leave the balance in my TSP account invested in the L Fund that most closely corresponds to my life expectancy. (My intent would be to take actions one and two at the same time.)

Q. My husband has money in a retirement account that is not in the TSP. When we retire would we be able to just draw down his accounts and leave my TSP account alone? While his account is good, the TSP is, as you know, a great vehicle to save / invest money. His retirement accounts and mine our about the same: $450,000 in each. We are planning on retiring at 60 and delay collecting Social Security till 70 years of age. My husband is 58 and I am 57. While I know how to save, I’m not sure how…

Q. I’m a Department of Homeland Security FERS employee (age 45, 25 years of service) under special category (law enforcement) for early retirement. I would love to retire this year, but do not want to get locked in until 59 ½ if I choose to withdraw TSP funds under 72(t). Is there another way for me to withdraw from my TSP without incurring a penalty? My suspicion is that I will have to wait another four years until I’m 50 with 30 years of service. 

Q. I am a member of FERS, and I am trying to gain a better understanding of my options for avoiding the 10 percent IRS penalty for early withdrawal. I am wondering what the impact would be if I resign from the federal workforce in my 40s to take a job in the private sector for a period of time (say until I am 55). Upon retirement from my private-sector job, assuming that I am able-bodied with no medical issues or high medical bills, is there any way that I can begin taking monthly payments from my TSP funds without…

Q. Hello, I will be 58 years old on November 9, 2018, and am a recent FBI retiree as of December 2017. I retired after 30 years and 4 months of FBI service. Briefly, I was told by our FBI TSP office recently that a new TSP withdrawal rule is now in effect. If any federal government employee retired after age 55 (I retired at age 57), they can now begin withdrawals from their TSP accounts without worrying about next year’s 10 percent IRS tax penalty. I need final verification regarding this matter. Thanks.

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