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Q. After 27 years of diligent saving and investing, I’ve accumulated well over $1 million in my regular TSP account. I also have over $70,000 in my Roth TSP account, and that portion is growing quickly. By the time I retire, I expect my Roth TSP balance will account for around 10 percent of my entire TSP account balance. After I retire at the end of 2017 (at age 62) and before I begin collecting Social Security (at age 66 or 70), I want to convert a good portion of my regular TSP account to Roth assets. The problem is,…

Q. In 2012, I began an affiliation with an Edward Jones agent who immediately whipped out the form to transfer my sizable TSP account to an Edward Jones investment account. Last year, I transferred all that account to Fisher Investments, which uses Merrill Lynch as my fund’s custodian. I spoke with a Fisher representative about transferring the IRA portion of my Fisher account back to the TSP. I told the rep that I liked the low investment fee of TSP, but he gave me every reason that TSP was not as good as a full-time manager of my account. He…

Q. I am a 54-year-old federal worker with a sizeable TSP account balance. My 26-year-old daughter, also a federal worker, invests regularly in the TSP. If I leave my daughter my TSP after I die, is she allowed to transfer the inherited portion of the TSP into her own TSP account? If so, is the inherited TSP money treated the same as her TSP contributions? If not, how so?

Q. I am retiring from federal service after 27 years. I am going to roll my TSP account over into an IRA account. I will have an outstanding TSP loan balance of far less than the value of my account, unless I pay it off. If I decide not to pay it off and take a partial distribution next year for tax purposes, will that delay the processing of my rollover at retirement?

Q. I retired as an air traffic controller at age 50 in 2008. In order to take money from TSP, I had to do it based on life expectancy. Now at 57 I want to make a one-time withdrawal. I’m being told I will not be able to do this for some reason (which is not clearly stated anywhere). Why is this? Where is it stated I cannot make a withdrawal? What are my options now?

The Thrift Savings Plan  offers you two ways to save for retirement. You may elect to defer your federal pay into a traditional account, before state and federal income taxes are deducted, or you may defer your pay, after taxes, into a Roth account. You may use one, the other or both options, and start or stop either or both types of contributions when you like. Based on the questions I receive from Federal Times readers through the “Ask the Experts” forum online, the “pay now and not later” approach offered by the Roth account is inherently appealing to many…

Q. Is it possible/advisable or a good idea to roll money I have from established IRAs (both traditional and ROTH) into my TSP account? Basically, paying into TSP over a number of years playing ‘catch up’ since I’m over 50. What kind of penalties or taxes would I be looking at?

Q. I am eligible to retire next year at age 50 as a law enforcement officer under FERS. I plan on taking life expectancy payments from my TSP/401(k) as soon as I retire. If, upon retirement, I elect to transfer my TSP balance to a company like Vanguard, will I still be able to withdraw life expectancy payments from Vanguard and avoid the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty?

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