Ask The Experts: Money Matters

By Mike Miles

FERS retirement

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Q. I have two years of temporary services. What are the pros and cons of buying back the temp time? I am approaching my 27th year of federal service. I came in under FERS; at what age can I retire and get my TSP monies without being penalized?

A. You may avoid the early withdrawal penalty on TSP distributions at any age if you meet one of the exemptions listed on page 7 of the notice at https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-536.pdf. One of these exemptions is for those who retire during or after the calendar year in which they reach age 55.

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