Would furloughs mean relaxed TSP rules?


Q: If Congress is slow to approve a raise in the debt ceiling and the government decides to furlough employees in order to pay other loans, what are my options to use Thrift Savings Plan funds to put food on the table? Can I only make early withdrawals that are subject to penalty and tax, or can I get a hardship loan with delayed repayment when my checks start again?

A: Unless an exception is offered, you should assume that you will still be considered “in-service” during the period and will be subject to the in-service withdrawal limitations. This means that you’ll have access through a loan, a hardship withdrawal, or an age-based in-service withdrawal, if qualified.


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Mike Miles is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and principal adviser for Variplan LLC, an independent fiduciary in Vienna, Virginia. Email your financial questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com and view his blog at money.federaltimes.com.

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