Q. I am 53 years old and reached 30 years of government service earlier this month. I work for the Environmental Protection Agency and am preparing for the possibility of being offered VERA/VSIP. I am trying to determine if it is possible to make a partial withdrawal from my TSP under VERA. My thinking is that a partial withdrawal would enable me to, at a minimum, have funding to bridge me to the start of receiving the FERS supplement at my minimum retirement age of 56. The only thing that I’ve been able to find is that I have the option…
Q. Will I continue to receive my supplement from the Office of Personnel Management until I reach 66½, at which time I would file for full Social Security benefit, rather than 62? Or does it stop automatically at 62? I want to hold off applying. I transferred from CSRS to FERS midway through my career and fall under WEP.
Q. Under FERS, is the amount deducted from the FERS annuity (5 percent or 10 percent) taxable income or is it non-taxable income? I am retired military and the contribution toward the Survivor Benefit Plan is non-taxable, so I am wondering if FERS follows suit.
Q. I retired last April 2016 as a FERS U.S. Postal Service employee with 32 years at 56 (my minimum retirement age) years old with the special retirement supplement. Am I subject to the Social Security earnings limit of $16,920 in 2017 until age 62? I will not be working through full retirement age (66) for Social Security purposes. Will my Social Security benefit become less than what it is projected to be now since I am not putting money into Social Security? If a start monthly TSP payments, should I elect fewer than or more than 10 years? I realize there is…
Q. I am a FERS employee who will reach 70½ in November 2017. I have not separated from federal service and do not intend to do so for a couple of years. Will I have to make catch-up required minimum distributions for the years I worked past 70½. For example, if I retired at age 73, would I be required to consolidate and withdraw three RMDs the year after I retire to make up for the previously deferred RMDs?
Q. I have a FERS disability annuity (I have not reached my minimum retirement age). It is taxed as ordinary income, but is it considered as earned income for purposes of contributing to an IRA?
Q. I am covered under the FERS and plan to retire at the end of April 2017 at age 57 with 33 years of service. I intend to take out a TSP general purpose loan just prior to retirement to pay off some debt and then employ a combination withdrawal strategies for the remaining balance: TSP monthly payments, partial lump sum (paid to me) and a rollover to an qualified IRA. I want the monthly payments to start as soon as possible but delay the lump sum and rollover to occur in 2018. Is this a sound plan? Can the…
Q. I am a 54-year-old FERS employee and have 27 years of federal service. I have a TSP account and would like to start a Roth TSP this year. I will probably work until I am 62 years old. At age 60, when my girls start college, can I take a withdraw from my Roth TSP to pay for their college without penalty?
Q. I heard that there is a way to receive a supplement to your federal retirement at age 62 so that you can delay drawing Social Security. I will have 14 years of federal service when I retire at age 62. I am 60 now. Is this the case?