Q. I retired from the U.S. Postal Service in February 2015 at age 57, with 30 years and three months of service (3 years with the military). I did not withdraw any funds from my TSP account. My plans are to withdraw all funds in April 2017 when I reach 59½ years old to pay off debts and purchase income-producing real estate. Are there any tax ramifications and any penalties I would have to pay?
A. You do not need to wait until age 59½ to withdraw your TSP funds without penalty. Any money you withdraw will be added to your tax returns as ordinary income.