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 turn 70 on Oct. 7,2019. I will be 70 1/2 on April 7, 2020. Thus, I will not have turned 70 1/2 by April 1, 2020. Will I be able to delay withdrawal from my TSP from January 2021 till 2022, since I will not have turned 70 1/2 by April 1, 2020?

Q. When I retire I would like to pull money from my TSP (partial lump) to pay back a redeposit owed to my FERS. Can that be done and, if so, is the money taxed or suffer any other penalty? I will be 59 and 4 months upon my retirement Dec. 31, 2019. The redeposit is due 6 months prior to my retirement date. The amount I am paying back is $25,000.

Q. I recently googled, “What is a CG Fund?” I clicked on the first topic that came up, which had your short article about how you have attended a U.S. Postal Service retirement seminar not sponsored by the USPS. Your writing made me raise my eyebrows as I had attended a similar seminar two months ago, which at the end she also threw the “pitch” of the CG Fund and how it can double our TSP and will never lose the initial investment no matter what happens to the market.  Is there any way that you may forward me any…

Q. I’m retired and I wanted to rollover a 403(b) from a previous employer to my TSP. The problem is that the 403(b) does not sent a completed TSP-60 with the check. This has happened twice. I receive a letter from the TSP that they will hold the check for 15 days before sending it back to the sender. I know that there is a certain amount of time for having a tax-free transfer but I’m tired of this BS from both companies. Should I just request a full withdrawal from the 403(b) and deal with the taxes?

Q. I have 22 years of federal employment and had $304,000 in my TSP fund. I have always kept 100 percent in the C Fund. With the terrible year of 2018, I have seen all my gains lost and gained throughout the year. Today, 12/10/2018, is yet another terrible day with the stocks falling again since the opening I bell this morning. Today, as of lunch time, my TSP funds have decreased to about $280,400. I am wondering if I should move my money to the G Fund until this tumultuous time is over? 

Q. I am considering taking a loan from my TSP to buy a car. I understand that if I retire before repaying the loan, the remaining amount will be declared a taxable distribution. I am old enough that when I retire I will have to take a minimum required distribution from my TSP each year. If the loan balance is declared a taxable distribution, will that amount count toward my minimum taxable distribution for that year?

Q. I am permanently, totally disabled from my doctor after neck surgery. I am FERS, starting in 1990. I retired from the U.S. Postal Service on disability retirement on 1-1-2017. I am thinking of withdrawing $1,000 a month from my TSP on a full payout. Will this affect my Social Security I am receiving, or affect my pension? Do TSP withdrawals affect disability retirement pay in any way?

Q. If I take the VERA at age 55, can I roll my Fidelity IRA into my TSP and take monthly payments for all of it starting at 55 without the 10 percent penalty? Also, what is the time lag typically from retirement to get your first FERS annuity payment and TSP monthly payment? In other words, how long would I be out of pocket when I retire until those payments kick in?

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