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 am currently a CSRS employee with 37 years of service. I plan on retiring in two years and would like to make a withdrawal from my TSP to pay off the remaining balance on my child’s college tuition and possibly pay off a few other debts to be able to retire without debt. Is there any advantage to, or advice you can give on making a lump sum withdrawal and pay off the debts immediately versus a monthly withdrawal covering the debt amounts until the debts are paid off?

Q. When I retire on December 31, 2018, I will have over 400 hours of combined compensatory time and annual leave. If I cash this in at retirement, I understand it may not be paid out until 1-2 months after retirement. As a result, will it be considered earned income for 2019 that will result in a reduction in my FERS annuity supplement for 2019?

Q. When I left the government for six years I pulled out my retirement under CSRS. I since have returned back to the government for the last 17 years. Since I was taxed on it when I pulled it out, can I report it on my taxes as paying back into my retirement?

Q. Can I separate the federal service at 45 years of age (firefighter) with 20 years of creditable service (+4 years military by back) totaling 24 years of service. Then later apply to draw my FERS firefighter retirement of 38 percent when I reach the eligible firefighter retirement age of 50? Would I still receive my Social Security supplement and Thrift Savings Plan benefits without penalties?

Q. I have been out on workers’ compensation since 2010 and am now in a dire financial situation. From reading some of the rules from the Thrift Savings Plan handbook, it says that I have to be separated in order to withdraw part or all money from my account. Would I be able to withdraw a portion while receiving workers’ compensation benefits?

Q. I am a federal air technician with the Air National Guard. I have been a federal full-time technician since June 10, 1991. I bought back my Air Force active duty time from 10 Dec 86 – 9 Mar 91. I am in FERS and have a minimum retirement age of 56 years and 2 months. I will be 53 next year. It has been communicated to me that I will probably not be retained next year, meaning that May 13, 2019, I will be involuntarily retired, thus losing my full (technician) and part-time (traditional Guard) employment. I will be four months shy…

Q. Let’s suppose you reach your 67th birthday, which happens to be my full retirement age for Social Security, and you begin to draw Social Security while you are still working past your 67th birthday. At the end of the calendar year, will Social Security recalculate your monthly payment for the next calendar year because you continued to work? Or will the Social Security monthly payment be the same forever once you began drawing your Social Security once you turned 67?   If you continued to work until 70 at basically the same wage, would Social Security recalculate your monthly payment each…

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