Browsing: FERS

Q. I’m a Department of Homeland Security FERS employee (age 45, 25 years of service) under special category (law enforcement) for early retirement. I would love to retire this year, but do not want to get locked in until 59 ½ if I choose to withdraw TSP funds under 72(t). Is there another way for me to withdraw from my TSP without incurring a penalty? My suspicion is that I will have to wait another four years until I’m 50 with 30 years of service. 

Q. I am a member of FERS, and I am trying to gain a better understanding of my options for avoiding the 10 percent IRS penalty for early withdrawal. I am wondering what the impact would be if I resign from the federal workforce in my 40s to take a job in the private sector for a period of time (say until I am 55). Upon retirement from my private-sector job, assuming that I am able-bodied with no medical issues or high medical bills, is there any way that I can begin taking monthly payments from my TSP funds without…

Q. I am a 58-year-old FERS retiree, retired two years ago, and unfortunately only have $120,000 in my TSP. I will try not to take out any money until I turn 70, if possible. What L Fund do you recommend I keep my money in? I cannot tolerate loss at this point, but would like some growth.

Q. I recently attended a U.S. Postal Service retirement seminar not sponsored by the USPS. While good information was given relating to how FERS, the SRS and the TSP work, at the end of the meeting the speaker mentioned the option of rolling over your TSP into what he called a “G-C Fund” that he said will never lose money. Do you know about this? I can’t find anything online about it and I’m skeptical.

Q. I work for the U.S. Postal Service, but haven’t been there very long. I will be 65 this year and will probably only work for another year or so. Even though my time with the Postal Service has been short, will FERS, TSP and other retirement benefits be available to me as a 20- to 30-year career person? If so, what would be available, and how would I go about getting each of these started?

Q. I’m a federal employee under FERS with a little bit of 11 years of service. I retired active-duty Army, receiving retirement active-duty annuity and disability pay from the Veterans Health Administration. I have no loans through TSP and will have a balance of about $95,000 when I intend to retire in June of this year at my minimum retirement age of 56. I intend to depend significantly upon TSP, $1,000 plus a month, until I reach the age of 62, when my Social Security will start paying out. What would be the consequences of beginning receiving monthly payments prior…

Q. I am a FERS employee with 33 years of service and will be eligible to retire at the end of the year when I turn 56. Upon retirement, I would like to keep my 401(k) money in my TSP account, but would like to take out approximately 4 percent per year in monthly payments. Would this be subject to the 10 percent IRS penalty for withdrawals before age 59 1/2?

Q. I divorced five years ago, after my retirement. My ex-spouse received 50 percent of my TSP. I’m now remarried. I would like to do a full withdraw option now that I’m going to quit my second career (have reached the age of 64), but am confused on the options. Do I have to select the 50 percent survivor benefit and, if so, should our marriage not work out in the long run will I, again, lose half of my TSP?

Q. I am a federal dual-status technician with the LA guard. I am 50 as of March 2018 and will have 28 years federal technician time on Sept. 22, 2018. Can I voluntarily retire and draw my FERS retirement, the supplement and my TSP  without being penalized the 10 percent? My actual minimum retirement age is 56 years and 8 months.

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