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Q. I am a federal employee who plans to retire with 30 years of service when I hit the 30-year mark in the year when I am 54 years old. Something that I have read that you talked about was that if I retire in the year when I am 55, then I can fully withdraw my TSP funds. I don’t become eligible to receive a retirement until I hit 56 years and two months. Will my early or deferred retirement allow or not allow me to take advantage of the “no tax penalty” rule that allows for full withdrawals when…

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. I have been contributing money to the voluntary contribution program throughout the year, and I plan to make a fairly large contribution before the end of year, at which time I plan to retire. I am 60 years old, with 41 years of service. I plan to roll the VCP contributions to a Roth IRA. Will the Roth IRA account have to be held for 5 years before being able to withdraw without a penalty? Do I need to complete the VCP-to-Roth rollover before I retire? Do I need to complete the required forms for the rollover as part…

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 a FERS employee planning to retire at age 60 in October 2017. I may use a one-time withdrawal option to withdraw some of the money (roughly 20 percent of the total ) from TSP to pay off some debt in 2017 before retiring and keep the remaining money as a pensionlike cushion (for years 2018 and 2019) until I reach age 62 and am eligible for Supplemental Security Income. Withdrawing and keeping the funds as cash in 2017 will add to my income and take me into a higher tax bracket . What options do I have to keep…

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. 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 plan to retire with 30 years (plus five days) under my belt on Oct. 31, 2017. I will be 58 years old. Will I get my full annuity and special retirement annuity? Will anything be reduced? Also, if I take out a chunk of TSP (say, ½) and leave the rest to be paid out monthly, will I be penalized?

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