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 will be 56 in August, already have 32 years of service at USPS and I am a FERS employee. I started contributing to the Roth TSP 5 years ago. If I withdraw anything from my TSP in 2018, will I be penalized because as I recently found out all dispersals come from both the regular TSP and the Roth proportionally. Do I have to be 59 1/2 to get penalty free withdrawal from Roth TSP or am I good at my MRA + 30 retirement? I thought I had read if you retired on an unreduced retirement that there were…

Q. I will be 59 in October and retired last June from the federal government. I am thinking of starting an S corporation. My income limit is $16,900 under Social Security. If I pay myself less than the income limit, will my retirement benefits stay the same? Also, when I file my annual income tax, the profit from the S corporation will be listed; does this amount affect retirement payments?

A. I was looking for some information regarding VERA and what effects it will have on benefits including TSP. I heard that you cannot withdrawal from TSP until age 55 without penalty. I was also told when I called the TSP helpline that even with a VERA, if you leave before age 55, you cannot withdrawal from TSP until age 59½ to avoid penalty. Does anyone know if what I was told is correct? I find it hard to figure things out with the TSP publications available. And you never know if the person you spoke with really knows. Can you…

A. I am a FERS employee at the Department of Defense (from my TSP, 25 percent is in the general fund and 75 percent goes to a Roth. I am told that when I leave service, I must terminate my TSP. This is distressing. Any advice?

Q. I’ve been reading that the TSP is terrific for accumulating funds for retirement, but not so good when it comes time for withdrawal options when the time comes to tap my account. Do you agree with this? And would I be better off rolling over a portion of my TSP into a private IRA-type account so that I can more easily manage my account and withdrawals, for example, where the monthly distributions come from (because of the TSP proportional distribution rule, for example)?

Q. I have accumulated a tidy sum in my TSP investment account. It is diversified between stocks and the G Fund. With the volatile market, should I take money from the stock fund and move it all to the secured G Fund? I would still contribute while working. I plan to retire in two and a half years at age 66½ and worry about having this money secured for retirement.

Q. My mom retired from government services on Nov. 1 because of dementia. She just had a birthday and is now 65. The government is giving her the run around, saying she can’t withdraw and if she goes into a hospital the money returns to the government. She is trying to get her money because she is progressing fast with this illness. Who can we call or hire to look into this?

Q. I am currently a retired veteran receiving both retirement and disability concurrently. I just recently became a federal employee. When I finish 20 years as a federal employee, will I be able to collect FERS, retirement, disability and my TSP?

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