Q. I am under the Federal Employees Retirement System. I am 49 with 21 years of service. I am being told there will be a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay offered this fall and next spring. I will turn 50 during the VERA/VSIP timeline. If I take the VERA, will my government annuity be reduced by 5 percent per year? Will I be able to receive both my government annuity and my Thrift Savings Plan annuity as soon as I leave service? Is there a penalty in taking the TSP annuity now? Will I qualify to get the Social Security supplement when I reach my minimum retirement age of 56?
A. You may use your TSP assets to purchase a life annuity when you retire, and there will be not early withdrawal penalty for doing so.