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  • Starting in January 2021, we’re making the process easier for participants. If you’re turning 50 or older and are eligible for catch-up, you’ll no longer need to make separate catch-up elections to your TSP account. To learn how to make these contributions next year, visit Catch-up contributions.

Withdrawal Options

There are three basic methods of withdrawing money from your TSP account as a separated or participant:

You can use one of these methods or any combination of them that you choose. There is no limit of the number of withdrawals you can take after you retire, though processing times limit you to no more than one every 30 calendar days. For detailed information on your withdrawal options, specific tax consequences, withdrawal change requests, and special withdrawal considerations, visit Before you withdraw or read the TSP booklet, Withdrawing Your TSP Account for Separated and Beneficiary Participants.