TSP loan


Q. With regard to a Thrift Savings Plan loan, it’s my understanding that the funds borrowed are from my account (money I previously paid into my TSP account). Since I’m CSRS and the government doesn’t match any of my deposits, does the interest that I’d pay actually get paid back into my account? If not, why would I ever want to borrow my money, and then pay the interest back to some other entity? However, if the interest was paid back to my account, then I’d see no reason to not take out a loan. Furthermore, I’d see no reason to pay it back quickly if the interest comes back to me. So, before I take out a loan, does the interest paid on a TSP loan get placed back into my TSP account?

A. The interest you pay is credited to your TSP account.


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