Q: My position was eliminated when I was 51 years old. I retired with more than 30 years of service. I would like to withdraw all of my funds from the Thrift Savings Plan; will I be required to pay the 10 percent federal penalty if money is taken out prior to age 59 1/2?
A: Unless you meet one of the special exceptions to the early withdrawal penalty, you will have to pay it. For details, see the tax notice regarding distributions from your TSP account at the TSP website.