Q. My spouse is a U.S. Marshal retiring at age 51 with 28 years of service retiring next month. The question he has had a hard time getting answers to is transferring his TSP to an IRA and receiving monthly payments. He would like to transfer his TSP to an IRA to maximize his investment options, but is concerned if he takes immediate withdrawals that he will be forced to pay a penalty in addition to taxes. Is TSP the only option to taking immediate withdrawals before age 59.5? Can immediate withdrawals at 51 be made at firms such as…
Q. I am retired from federal service (age 63) and have a part-time job. Do IRS rules allow me to contribute to an existing Roth IRA I have had since the 1990s (up to $6,500 a year) as long as my earned income exceeds $6,500? Can my wife (age 60) contribute to her Roth IRA up to $6,500 also, as long as my part-time income exceeds that combined total? Does the fact that the company I work part-time for has a 401(k) plan that I contribute minimum to just for the match matter?
Q. I retired as CSRS in 2015 and have a TSP account. I’ve recently decided to hire a financial planner and he recommends to “link” my accounts (savings, IRA, TSP) to a financial management tool that consolidates & updates your investments in order to get a total view of your accounts in one location for analysis. This necessitates providing my user IDs and passwords via secure encryption. The tool does not “store” the user ID or passwords. These tools seem rather common in the financial planning profession. I still have hesitation in providing my info via a tool. Would you…
Q. I quit civil service in 1986 after 15 years. I took out my money and put it in an IRA. When I cashed in my IRA, I had to pay taxes to the IRS, which I didn’t think I had to do. I’m now applying for Social Security. Will my Social Security benefit be reduced?
Q. I made a $50,000 loan to my TSP account. I separated from active-duty service. Now I’m being asked to pay the $40,000 remaining balance in full. If I allow the TSP to close the loan, can I move the funds to an IRA within two months after the loan is closed? If this is allowed, what IRA publication covers this transaction? Or would the best course of action be to pay the loan in full to TSP?
Q. Could a retired federal employee transfer funds out of TSP into an IRA near the end of one year, then buy a QLAC at the beginning of the next year with 25 percent of the funds in the IRA, and then transfer the remaining balance of the IRA money back into the TSP? If so, this would be a way to use TSP money to purchase a QLAC, thus reducing the minimum required distributions from the TSP account.
Q. I am my sister’s beneficiary for her TSP account. She recently passed away. I am retired and taking RMD on my IRA, 203B’s, etc. Is it possible to add the TSP funds to my IRA or must I take a lump amount and pay taxes on that amount immediately?
Q. I’ve been reading that the TSP is terrific for accumulating funds for retirement, but not so good when it comes time for withdrawal options when the time comes to tap my account. Do you agree with this? And would I be better off rolling over a portion of my TSP into a private IRA-type account so that I can more easily manage my account and withdrawals, for example, where the monthly distributions come from (because of the TSP proportional distribution rule, for example)?