TSP withdrawal


Q. I plan to retire next month at age 62 and withdraw my entire Thrift Savings Plan account. I know that they will withhold 20 percent for federal taxes, but how can I keep from being taxed on that amount as income in the same calendar year? With my current rate of pay, adding some $300,000 to $400,000 in the TSP withdrawal will surely kill me in taxes.

A. Assuming that you are determined to withdraw your entire account balance at once (why would you do this?), you can roll over part of your withdrawal to an IRA.


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Mike Miles is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and principal adviser for Variplan LLC, an independent fiduciary in Vienna, Virginia. Email your financial questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com and view his blog at money.federaltimes.com.

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