Q. I’m retiring soon at 60 years of age and 30 years. I have TSP savings of about $600,000 in the L2020. My monthly retirement annuity before taxes is estimated at $3,971, which includes $1,414 in the Social Security supplement. My mortgage is $260,000 and I am paying $1,889 a month with a balloon payment due in 2022 for $244,380. The interest rate is 4.99 percent (as is the APR) with total interest percentage (TIP) of 32.9 percent. I need advice on whether to withdraw $260,000 from my TSP and pay off the mortgage or leave it. I’ll need to…
Q. I was recently talking with an investment group in preparation for retirement from the federal government in April 2020. I should have about 300 hours of annual leave accrued prior to retirement, consisting of my 240 hours allowable carryover plus what I earn prior to a retirement date of 04/30/2020. I was told that instead of taking a lump sum payment, I could direct the entire amount (minus federal tax) to my TSP account? Is this true, and how would I go about directing the lump sum payout to the TSP account?
Q. I am planning to retire soon. I have over 200 hours annual leave. Is it better financially to take the lump sum for the annual leave or use one month annual leave and extend my time of service one more month (and receive a lot smaller lump sum payout)?
Q. I had an accident (on my time) this year. Since my injuries impede me from performing the type of physical work I used to do, they are not offering me light duty and my sick leave is almost depleted, so I may have to retire. I’m thinking of purchasing the basic single life annuity with MetLife. I’m 63 years old and have $140,000 in my TSP. I had been planning in putting more in my TSP til age 66, but without the option to continue work I need to decide. Is this the annuity that pays the most or…
Q. I am thinking of applying for a VERA/VSIP my current federal employer is offering. I have a TSP loan with a balance of $25,500, which I am still paying. Can I still apply for this early retirement if I have a TSP loan balance? If so, how do I continue to pay that loan?
Q. I work for the Department of Interior and have accepted a VERA Early Out. I would like to take my whole TSP account and rollover to an IRA. Some say there is not a 10 percent penalty for simply rolling over to an IRA, and some say there will be a 10 percent penalty for rolling over to an IRA. I am age 50, which is why I’m asking.
Q. I understand that earned income (i.e., wages from a job) above a threshold may reduce or eliminate the special retirement supplement (SRS). What about passive forms of income from interest, dividends or rent?
Q. I am under the FERS system, age 57 with 30 years of service. I am eligible to retire but will probably work another two years and retire at 59. I know that you recommend leaving TSP untapped for as long as possible. If I do this, I would need to take Social Security at 62 to make ends meet. Is this a good strategy? Many financial planners recommend waiting as long as possible to draw Social Security, so I am not sure which strategy makes the most sense.
Q. I am a federal firefighter facing a mandatory retirement next year at the age of 57. My question is, will the money I withdraw monthly from the TSP be counted toward the Social Security earnings test?
Q. I am employed by the federal government under the CSRS system, with 44 years of service. My ex-husband recently died in December 2017 and I am getting his Social Security benefits of $1,365 per month. If I retired at the end of December 2018 would I still continue to get his SSI benefits at that same amount or would they be drastically cut, or I may not even get any? My ex-husband never worked for the federal government; he was only a veteran. I only have 24 credits worked toward my SSI benefits.