Browsing: early withdrawal penalty

Q. I am eligible to retire under FERS in January 2016 — at age 56 with 36 years of continuous federal service — and begin drawing a pension. As such, I am able to withdraw from my TSP without incurring the early withdrawal penalty. I am also eligible for the Social Security supplement. If I retire from federal service, begin drawing my pension, and take a job with a private company or start my own business, I understand that I will lose the Social Security supplement if my gross income exceeds a certain threshold, but will I still be able to…

Q. I am retiring at age 50 as a federal law enforcement official at the end of the year. I would like to make penalty free withdrawals from my TSP starting next year. Can I make monthly withdrawals from my TSP account in the amount of my choosing without incurring the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty? I would not change the amount of the TSP monthly distributions until sometime after age 59. The TSP computed payments based on my life expectancy were too low of a figure.

Q. I retired as an air traffic controller at age 50 in 2008. In order to take money from TSP, I had to do it based on life expectancy. Now at 57 I want to make a one-time withdrawal. I’m being told I will not be able to do this for some reason (which is not clearly stated anywhere). Why is this? Where is it stated I cannot make a withdrawal? What are my options now?

Q. I am eligible to retire next year at age 50 as a law enforcement officer under FERS. I plan on taking life expectancy payments from my TSP/401(k) as soon as I retire. If, upon retirement, I elect to transfer my TSP balance to a company like Vanguard, will I still be able to withdraw life expectancy payments from Vanguard and avoid the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty?

Q. The early withdrawal penalty is obviously different from taxes; so for Roth, if you take withdrawals during or after the calendar year you turn 55, you won’t be subject to the 10% early withdrawal penalty, but you will owe taxes on the Roth earnings? If yes, can you choose to take your withdrawals from the Traditional balance until you turn 59 1/2 and then start taking them from the Roth at that point in order to avoid the tax on Roth earnings?

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.

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