Q. When I retire in a few years, can I take the balance in my TSP account and transfer it to my IRA without any penalty? If so, what are my options to make a transfer like this?
Q. I plan on retiring next August at 57 years old. I would like to buy an immediate annuity but do not want to buy the MetLife FERS annuity. Their interest rates for the annuity are extremely low compared to other annuities. When I retire at 57 years old, can I buy another annuity and avoid paying 20 percent upfront tax when buying that annuity? Also, can I get my payments without the 10 percent penalty for not being 59½?
Q. What is your advice regarding TSP funds after retirement? I am 70 years old with 40 years of service. I will retire within the next 15 months. Do you suggest I leave my funds in the TSP or it is more advisable to roll them over into an annuity or an IRA?
Q. My husband and I are both FERS with law enforcement coverage. He is 52 years old but will be retiring soon because of terminal illness. He has a total of 31 years of federal time. I am 45 years old and just completed my 25th year of federal LEO coverage. I have no plans of retiring anytime soon. My husband will most likely dip into his TSP upon retirement. He has made me his beneficiary of his TSP. Whatever money is left in his TSP after he passes, how does that affect my beneficiary status? Does his TSP remain…
Q. I am 73 years old and a full-time government employee. I meet my annual IRA withdrawal through a non-government IRA investment. I also receive an annuity from TSP from an early retirement in 1999. I intend to fully retire in two more years. Should I keep the current annuity or roll it over into the final retirement? Also, will I have to take a mandatory retirement withdrawal annually as I now do with the non-government IRA? Is it mandatory for me to begin taking this money out? If so, what are the deadlines involved?
Q. In hindsight, l mistakenly took out $125,000 from my TSP to invest in another product that didn’t do very well. Of that amount, $25,000 is in a Roth IRA (yes, l paid the taxes on that), and l’m feeling pretty good about leaving that alone. What I’m wondering is (1) can l redeposit the $100,000 back into the TSP having only 18 months before l retire or (2) should l take the money out of the poorly performing account and buy a deferred annuity that will tie it up for about 10 years?
Q. I will be 58 years old in March. I have 27½ years with the U.S. Postal Service. I am thinking of retiring from USPS within six months. I don’t think I can hold out for the supplement for 2½ more years. I am a carrier and completely burnt out. If I roll my TSP into an IRA, there is a limit I can withdraw per year, correct? If I leave my TSP alone, can I take out $1,000 per month?
Q. I just returned to government employment after a long break in service and am in CSRS Offset. Can I use my IRA (Traditional) to roll over my owed redeposit money into CSRS? My IRA is with Vanguard, and they were unsure about the penalties involved. I called the IRS and no one there knew.
Q. Is it possible to roll over just my Roth TSP account to a IRA and leave the non-Roth account in TSP? The big drawback that I see in the Roth TSP is not being able to direct it separately from the non-Roth account. What is your take on this issue, and is there any way to work around it?
Q. I am 60 years old and was wondering whether I can open a TSP Roth IRA in addition to my TSP Traditional IRA that I started 22 years ago, and withdraw from it in approximately two years without any penalty when I plan to retire and start withdrawing my TSP. What are your thoughts?