Q. I will become a 49-year-old federal employee this August. I currently contribute the Internal Revenue Service maximum of $17,000 annually to the Thrift Savings Program via bi-weekly payroll deductions. I plan to begin making catch-up contributions Jan. 1, 2013. Once the Roth TSP is available, can I designate beginning Jan. 1, 2013 catch-up contributions to the Roth TSP while maintaining the IRS maximum contributions to the Traditional TSP?
A. You may split your pay deferral, including your catch-up contributions, between the traditional and the Roth TSP accounts.