Browsing: TSP withdrawal

Q. I will be eligible for retirement on July 7, 2017. I will be age 56 and have 30 years in. I came in under FERS. I’ve been told I would fall within the exception, meaning I would not be penalized an additional 10 percent if I take my money from my TSP before age 59½. As you know, when someone gets close to retirement, there are a lot of financial advisers showing up to guide you. The problem I have is they are telling me I can’t take my TSP until age 59½, and I know this is not true. Can…

Q. I am in a position to buy back five years and nine months of service for just fewer than $5,000. At 63 years old, I have 26-plus years of service before the buyback. I wanted to take a TSP withdrawal to pay it back. If I withdraw that amount, do I have to pay it back? Would it make a significant difference for my retirement to buy that time back? What would the trade-off be concerning a withdrawal to the benefits received with the bought-back time?

Q. I heard that if you have a Roth TSP and make withdrawals before 59½, the exception under the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act does not apply to the earnings portion of the Roth TSP. (I know if you transfer money to a an outside Traditional IRA or Roth IRA, you lose exception). I am a federal agent who qualifies as a public safety employee, and I’m retiring at age 56. I have money in both a traditional TSP and Roth TSP. I plan to start withdrawing upon retirement. Will I be penalized for having a Roth TSP?

Q. I am 58 years old and have been with the Transportation Security Administration for 14 years. My TSP account is down to whatever the government has put into it. I had taken out money to live on, as I am looking at a disability retirement due to some vertigo issues. They told me I can’t take out the final amount until I am 59½ — that will be another year. Is there a way to get those funds released prior to that due to hardship? I have used up all my sick and annual leave and savings due to this…

Q. I’m a few years out from retirement but want to plan carefully for that day. A lot is written about earning money from outside sources (e.g., non-federal employment or self-employment) and how it affects Social Security benefits. What I want to know is if I retired today under the $15,480-allowed outside-income criteria, would my FERS annuity and any TSP income (either annuity or withdrawal) be included in that $15,480-income ceiling, or are they treated separately thereby allowing me to receive my full Social Security benefit, FERS annuity, TSP income and outside income together without reductions?

Q. I am a federal employee who plans to retire with 30 years of service when I hit the 30-year mark in the year when I am 54 years old. Something that I have read that you talked about was that if I retire in the year when I am 55, then I can fully withdraw my TSP funds. I don’t become eligible to receive a retirement until I hit 56 years and two months. Will my early or deferred retirement allow or not allow me to take advantage of the “no tax penalty” rule that allows for full withdrawals when…

Q. I will be 50 years old in September 2017 and will have more than 20 years of federal law enforcement service. I plan to retire Dec. 31, 2017. I know I must leave my retirement funds in the TSP to qualify for the Public Safety Act’s penalty-free withdrawal options. However, I plan to withdraw about $150,000 from the TSP and start a lifetime annuity with the remaining $400,000. Will the $150,000 and/or the $400,000 withdrawals will be penalized? (I know I’ll have to pay tax, which is fine.) Can I take the $150,000 withdrawal and then a few years later initiate…

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