Browsing: early withdrawal penalty

Q. Recently, legislation known as the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act was passed, which would amend the tax law to allow special category employees to withdraw money from TSP accounts prior to age 59½ without incurring the 10 percent IRS tax penalty. I am a military technician with 33 years of service. I know military technicians are special category employees. Would I qualify for this provision?

Q. I retired as a federal law enforcement officer with 26 years of service at age 48 in 2015. Then the law was passed to allow those who retire the year they turn 50 or after to make penalty-free withdrawals. I’ve read about the IRS rule of 72(t) option and to me it seems as if — as long as I wait until I turn age 50 and invoke the rule of 72(t) — I should be able to make additional withdrawals without incurring the penalty. Is there an exception for those FLEOs who are allowed to retire with 25 years…

Q. I am a military technician and was told I’m under a special military technician early retirement 50/25 and will have 34 years of service, 4 years of which was active duty. I bought back my time and plan to retire in December. I will be 54 years old. If I start withdrawing from my TSP, will I be penalized 10 percent because I’m not 56 years old yet?