Q. I am looking for a clear answer in regard to TSP home loans. I am considering retirement in the next year. I am eligible to retire today. If I utilize a TSP home loan now for my primary residence (and planned retirement residence) and retire before the loan is paid in full, will I be hit with a penalty? Can I utilize a one-time payout at time of retirement to pay the loan in full without incurring a penalty?
Q. When I turn 70½ in October 2017, I will still be working. Do I not need to take a 2017 TSP required minimum distribution if I continue to work? If I choose to retire on Dec. 25, 2017, (a nice Christmas present),will I have to take a TSP RMD for 2017?
Q. I just retired last month from federal service. My Ameriprise adviser has advised me to move my TSP (which is about $800,000) over to an IRA with Ameriprise and then move some of that amount over to a Roth with Ameriprise. Can I convert my TSP to a Roth TSP? If not, then should I transfer some, none or all of my TSP over to Ameriprise?
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?
Q. I am an active-duty service member and will be eligible for retirement in about seven years. I have contributed the maximum amount allowed to my TSP account but have only been contributing for roughly five years. I maintain a large amount of cash in my personal checking account because I’m not sure I know how to invest it properly. I feel like I could be getting a better return on it somewhere but just don’t know the best place to put it. I own a small condo that we pay mortgage on that I rent, but honestly I wish I could…
Q. I am a FERS employee with the U.S. Postal Service. I plan on leaving this summer when I’m 58. I have read that I can be less than 59½ years old to withdraw from TSP and not be penalized for early withdrawal, as long as I am completely separated from USPS. Is this true? Also, along with my pension, I plan on with drawing about $1,200 per month from my TSP. Will I be taxed less by taking out monthly amounts than if I took out the entire amount?
Q. I retired in 2011 under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA). I had 25 years of service and was 53 years old. I worked in the U.S. Postal Service’s sales and business development department. I was in an acting level 21 position at $83,000 a year. My normal level was 19 with $72,000 a year. It has been 5½ years. I am 59 and have been getting the supplement with my pension for 3 years. If I went back to my level 19 position at $72,000, what happens to my TSP?
Q. I am a veteran and a federal employee at a VA Hospital. I am under FERS. I just turned 56 on July 30, 2016, and I have a total of 27 years-plus of federal service. Last August I filed my disability retirement because of my disabilities, and the papers are still being processed. Hopefully they will finalize it by next month or this month. If I withdraw all my TSP (lump sum), will there be a penalty?
Q. I am a current employee with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security) with 13 years of service. I am considering transitioning to a part-time (20 hours) position with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Will I still be able to contribute to TSP? Can I contribute the maximum? Are there matching funds when you work part time? How will my part-time service reduce my retirement calculation? I am trying to gain more work-life balance and want to understand the financial ramifications before I make any decisions.
Q. I received a check for my retirement from American Funds, and they had taken out federal income tax, so I received the net check. The check was dated Dec. 30, 2016, but I just received this check Jan. 12, 2017. My husband and I still file taxes, and I am 69½ years old. Do I have to show the net check on our 2016 income tax returns or do I show this on our 2017 taxes?