Q. I am a FERS employee who has 12 years before I can retire. I have already invested $4,000 in a Roth IRA for 2012 and switched all of my Thrift Savings Plan contributions to the Roth option in May. My financial adviser said I could not invest more than a total of $5,000 in both Roth accounts for 2012 and told me to switch my contributions back to the traditional TSP. Is he correct, or can I invest the $4,000 in the Roth IRA and $17,000 in the Roth TSP? In other words, can I still invest the annual maximum of $17,000 in my TSP for 2012?
A. Your tax preparer is the person to guide you in this area. I can tell you, though, that the TSP Roth contribution limit is not affected by your Roth IRA contributions.