Law enforcement and early withdrawal penalty


Q. I will be age 54 at retirement. As a retired federal law enforcement officer, am I exempt from the 10 percent penalty for early withdrawal from my Thrift Savings Plan at retirement? I keep reading public safety personnel are exempt, but it reads as applying to state or municipality, but my status is federal.

A. No, your LEO status does not exempt you from the early withdrawal penalty.


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