Q. I’m going to retire in six months, and I qualify for the special supplement. I understand that that supplement is subject to the Social Security earnings test but that my FERS retirement annuity is not counted toward that test. Is my thrift savings annuity and/or withdrawal subject to the Social Security earnings test? In other words, will my special supplement be lowered if my thrift savings annuity/payments go over the maximum allowed earned income (about $16,000)?
Which way will the market, and the value of your TSP account, go next? If you’re like most investors, you are betting, and therefore hoping, that it moves higher. Or, maybe, lower. Either way, if you have a preference, then that preference makes you vulnerable — vulnerable to the risk of being wrong. As much as you might tell yourself otherwise, the odds that the value of a share in the C, S, I or F funds will go up or down in the short run are about 50-50. If you’re betting that the C Fund will rise in value…
Q. I have been a federal employee for 10 years. I am 48 years old and am putting very little in the G Fund, which is at about $14,000 now. Not much. They say it’s never too late. I’m not planning to work until 60. What should I do to gain more money for retirement fast and preferably safe?
Q. I am affected by Windfall Elimination Provision but am also eligible for Social Security. Is the dollar amount for “substantial earnings” the dollar amount on the W-2 under Social Security wages, or is the dollar amount listed in the section for wages, tips and other compensation? I have looked at the Social Security Administration brochure on WEP, and it never states specifically. It makes a difference.
Q. I am 53 years old and reached 30 years of government service earlier this month. I work for the Environmental Protection Agency and am preparing for the possibility of being offered VERA/VSIP. I am trying to determine if it is possible to make a partial withdrawal from my TSP under VERA. My thinking is that a partial withdrawal would enable me to, at a minimum, have funding to bridge me to the start of receiving the FERS supplement at my minimum retirement age of 56. The only thing that I’ve been able to find is that I have the option…
Q. I am retiring May 1. I want to pull some of my savings in TSP for a line of credit on my home to send my child through college (she graduates May 6) and to pay off the rest on my home so I will be secure as a single mom. I want to use the rest for an annuity. How much will taxes be for the withdrawal?
Q. I’d be interested to know your opinion on Dave Ramsey’s TSP advice of 60-80 percent going to the C Fund with the remainder split between the S and I funds. I know you always say without proper knowledge and analysis to select the closest L Fund to your life expectancy, but for young employees the closest fund (2050) for that only puts them in the mid-50s to 60s age range, which seems slightly conservative. Do you think his advice is too risky for youngsters hoping to be TSP millionaires?
Q. I’m retiring at 50 years of age after 22 years in federal law enforcement. I’m considering withdrawing all my TSP funds to a financial institution under a tax-exempt traditional IRA. I understand there’s no federal tax liability; however, I reside in the state of California. Is there a state tax liability for the withdrawal?