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.
Q. I plan to retire at 63 or 64, but because I came into the government late (12 years ago) my pension will not be that big. Would it be better to drawn from my TSP and claim Social Security at my full retirement age (66 and 4 months) or claim it at 64 and only withdraw from TSP as needed?
Q. Under the TSP partial withdrawal option, I can rollover a portion of my balance after I retire to an IRA. There is nothing that tells me when or how I can access the remaining balance. Under the full withdrawal option I can rollover a portion of my balance to an IRA and get the remainder in immediate monthly installments. I would like to rollover a portion but possibly delay distribution of the monthly installments for approximately one year. Can I do this under the partial withdrawal option? I am FERS, 57 years old with 30.5 years of service when…
Q. For the past five years I have been making the maximum contributions ($18,500 plus $5,500 catch up). I am planning to retire on Sept. 30 this year. Can I make an equivalent contribution to TSP out of my final pay to make up the difference to achieve the maximum contribution for the full year? I have been making $713 regular and $240 monthly to date. If I can do this, I will plan to make contributions of $4,262 and $1,440 from my final pay check to meet the maximum limit for the year. Is this allowed?