Author Mike Miles

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.

Q. I work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and will be eligible to retire at 48 years old, with 25 years in federal law enforcement. I am familiar with the IRS additional 10 percent tax penalty for early withdrawals and some of the exceptions. I was curious to know if you could elaborate on the options that could possibly pertain to my situation?

Q. When I separate from service I don’t want to do anything with my Thrift Savings Plan funds until required minimum distributions are required at age 71.5. What form do I use to let the TSP know my intentions, and when would I file it?

Q. I’m a federal employee under FERS with a little bit of 11 years of service. I retired active-duty Army, receiving retirement active-duty annuity and disability pay from the Veterans Health Administration. I have no loans through TSP and will have a balance of about $95,000 when I intend to retire in June of this year at my minimum retirement age of 56. I intend to depend significantly upon TSP, $1,000 plus a month, until I reach the age of 62, when my Social Security will start paying out. What would be the consequences of beginning receiving monthly payments prior…

Q. I am 59 years old, make approximately $90,000 a year and contribute $600 a month to TSP with my employer matching 5 percent. I will retire at age 64 and currently have about $250,000 in TSP with 70 percent in the G Fund, 15 percent in the S Fund and 15 percent in the C Fund. Because I am within five years of retirement, I don’t want to be too risky, but I do want to earn the most with my money. Do you think I am putting enough into TSP, taking too much of a risk, or am…

Q. I am 38 years old with nine years of federal service and approximately $100,000 in my TSP. I am considering leaving the federal government within the next year and I am not exactly clear on what my options are. I understand that I can either leave the money in the TSP or withdraw it, but my wife and I intend to move back home to southeast Virginia. I have been considering taking approximately $20,000 and putting it toward a down payment on a house and putting the balance in a Vanguard IRA. I don’t know if this is this…

Q. I’m 68, about to retire from the U.S. Postal Service and have $260,000 in the TSP. Trying to choose between a rollover to Edward Jones or keeping in the TSP. I know the fees are high at EJ, but the personal contact is reassuring, and my track record isn’t very good managing my account in the TSP. Advice?

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