Q. I will be retiring in 2019 under FERS. I’m not a pick fan of annuities but I have read in the past that the MetLife annuity tied into the TSP plan is relatively a good annuity with low costs. I also understand that this MetLife annuity might get even better and easier with the changes now being put into place under the new TSP distribution changes. Can you comment on this specifically?
Q. I understand that earned income (i.e., wages from a job) above a threshold may reduce or eliminate the special retirement supplement (SRS). What about passive forms of income from interest, dividends or rent?
Q. I attained age 70 ½ this year. If I convert my TSP balance to an annuity before the end of this year, does that satisfy the required minimum distribution, or must I take the RMD this year and use the annuity to satisfy the RMD for future years?
Q. I am planning on retiring sometime after September 2019, which is when I know the TSP withdrawal rules are changing. I want to know if, after September 2019, I would be permitted to do the following: withdraw 20 percent of my balance to pay off outstanding bills; use 40 to 60 percent to purchase a Met Life annuity; and/or leave the balance in my TSP account invested in the L Fund that most closely corresponds to my life expectancy. (My intent would be to take actions one and two at the same time.)
Q. I’m a 71-year-old DAC who will be retiring in June 2019. Presently, I have $1,045,000 in the TSP. When I retire, I will have the following other sources of annual income: military retirement ~$37,000 annual (w/SBP option); Social Security ~$29,000; FERS annuity $29,000 (s/100% option, which is half); and my TSP (wife is beneficiary). My wife is 55 years old retired DAC with an annual annuity of ~$14,000. She also have $450,000 in her TSP account. She will be receiving at age 56 a Social Security supplement of ~$9,000 until the age of 62. With the differences in my wife…
Q. I have been employed in the federal government for approximately 23 years. I have been covered by FEHB the whole time. I may retire in the next two or three years, based on LEO retirement. My spouse worked for the federal government for 17 years under FERS, but resigned when we had children. She has been continuously covered by my FEHB plan. She intends to collect her pension when she turns 62. When I retire, will I need to elect the survivor benefit on my pension to ensure that she has FEHB coverage should something happen to me or can she get…
Q. The state of Hawaii does not tax social security and government pensions and annuities. If I purchase an annuity through TSP with my TSP balance when I retire and begin receiving lifetime income, is this considered a “government annuity” and therefore not subject to Hawaii state income tax?
Q. I live in the state of Massachusetts and am receiving survivor annuity benefits. I am having taxes taken out of my benefits each month. Are benefits for federal CRS deceased employees’ spouses suppose to subject to taxes or are benefits tax free?
Q. I turned 70 ½ years old in December 2017. I retired Jan 31, 2018. I am just in the process of applying to withdraw my first Required Minimum Distribution from my Thrift Savings Plan, and decide in a few months what to do with the rest of the money. How can I show that is my intention, if the form I am given to fill up is the TSP-70 (Request for Full Withdrawal)? Also, I have already done a one-time withdrawal in 2013 from my TSP account. Now that I am retired, after I am issued the first RMD,…