Q. I am civil service, with more than 17 years of federal service, in FERS, and approaching 59½ and would like to withdraw 50-75 percent of my TSP and roll the full amount over into my Roth IRA account. I would leave 25 percent in my TSP and let it continue to grow for my remaining time in federal service. How do I go about doing this, if I can? Does this make financial sense to do this? I plan on retiring at age 62; Dec. 31, 2014.
A. You may take an age-based in service withdrawal once you reach age 59½ and convert it to a Roth IRA. I can’t think of a good reason to do this, but you may have some unusual circumstances that I don’t know about.