Browsing: early withdrawal penalty

Q. My brother works for the U.S. Postal Service. He requested and received a distribution of $30,000 from his TSP account in 2014, before he turned 59 1/2.  Accordingly, he will be taxed for IRS purposes and get hit with the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty. That I know. He lives in New Jersey where TSP contributions are not excluded for N.J. state income tax purposes. The question is as follows:  Is the $30,000 distribution from his TSP taxable in full for NJ state income tax purposes?  If so, seems like double taxation.

Q. You have answered a question of mine previously that when I reach MRA (age 56) with 36 years of service I will be able to withdraw TSP without an early withdrawal penalty. That’s fine, but I read a post about an individual who was under the firefighter/ law enforcement retirement criteria and would be subject to early withdrawal penalties up until age 59 ½. I’m a little confused; if I have met MRA but am under 59 ½ how do I not get a penalty and they do, when they have met the criteria for FF/LEO/ATC retirement?

Q. I will be 57 in 2015 and will have 34 years under FERS. I have a large balance in the ROTH IRA account in my TSP. If I retire before 59-1/2, will I be taxed on the money I withdraw from my TSP? I have $600,000 in the 401K and $300,000 in the Roth. I plan to leave the money in the TSP and take out $30,000 per month. A. Since you will be retiring during or after the calendar year in which you reached age 55, your subsequent TSP withdrawals will be exempt from the early withdrawal penalty.

Q. FERS employee, 25 years service, retiring under MRA (56 years old) + 10. Will receive annuity at 70-percent rate. Plan to take monthly TSP payments of $3,000 (able to change amount once every year). Just want to confirm that there will be no early withdrawal tax penalties for taking TSP before 59-1/2.

Q. I fell under FERS disability. What percentage will I be hit with on a full withdrawal of my TSP? I am under the 55 age limit. A. The withholding for federal taxes will be 20 percent. The tax and early withdrawal penalty you actually owe on the withdrawal will be calculated when you file your tax return for the year. Unless you qualify for one of the exceptions listed on the left side of Page 7 of the notice at, in addition to income taxes, your withdrawal will be subject to the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty.

Q. I have been working under federal Law enforcement for seven years. I started when I was 21. So at age 46, I will have 25 years of law enforcement. If I retire at 46, can I have access to my TSP, and what are my choices for withdrawals or the penalties to take out? A. You’ll have access to the usual partial (Form TSP-77) and full (Form TSP-70) withdrawal options as soon as you retire. Unless you meet one of the exceptions listed on Page 7 of the notice at, your TSP withdrawals will be subject to the…

Q. I read an article that says law enforcement and firefighters have to pay a 10 percent penalty if withdrawing prior to age 59-1/2. In 2019, I will have 25 years of federal firefighter service, so I was caught off guard. Can you site a regulation that says federal firefighters do not have to pay the 10 percent penalty and can begin withdrawing immediately upon retiring with years and/or age requirements met? A. Under current law, your service time and status is irrelevant. Unless you retire during or after the year in which you reach age 55, or qualify for…

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