Q. I retired in 2018, on Dec. 31, off the books with a buy out. I am 73 and have already been taking the required minimum distributions from a couple of other IRAs. I know I will be required to set up distributions or something with the TSP in and for 2019. Because I retired in 2018 and because I am 73, do I need to take a TSP distribution for the 2018 year before a point in April? And if yes, will that need to be reported as income for 2018 or income for 2019?
Q. I will turn 70 on Oct. 7,2019. I will be 70 1/2 on April 7, 2020. Thus, I will not have turned 70 1/2 by April 1, 2020. Will I be able to delay withdrawal from my TSP from January 2021 till 2022, since I will not have turned 70 1/2 by April 1, 2020?
Q. I am in the FERS retirement plan with 30-plus years of service and a plan to retire at age 63 with 42 years of service. I have most of my TSP money in the traditional TSP, but have recently began putting all of my contributions and catch up contributions into ROTH TSP only. I would like to avoid required minimum distributions on my ROTH TSP funds when I retire by transferring this money out of the TSP system into a brokerage account. Is this possible?
Q. I attained age 70 ½ this year. If I convert my TSP balance to an annuity before the end of this year, does that satisfy the required minimum distribution, or must I take the RMD this year and use the annuity to satisfy the RMD for future years?
Q. Required minimum distribution requirements will put me close to the Medicare cut off, so I need to reduce my TSP balance by converting current TSP money, by changing contributions to go into a Roth TSP or by selling mutual fund investments that are causing taxable gains every year. I plan to retire Jan. 3, 2020. I am already 70.5 years. Would one of these options be better than another or is there another option that you could suggest?
Q. Please explain how much money you need to take out of TSP when you turn 70½. I heard that if you have $100,000 in there you need to take out $1,000 and if you have $200,000 in there it’s $8,000. Is there a table or guidance on this? I am trying to understand the process so I don’t get penalized with taxes.
Q. I am a federal employee (6+ years of service) making contributions into a TSP account. I plan on retiring from government service in December 2020. I also have funds in other IRAs. This year I turn 70 ½ years old. Can I still make contributions into my TSP account while I receive required minimum distribution money? Can I take in-service distribution not RMDs?
Q. When I separate from service I don’t want to do anything with my Thrift Savings Plan funds until required minimum distributions are required at age 71.5. What form do I use to let the TSP know my intentions, and when would I file it?
Q. I plan to retire in September 2018 at the age of 58. Does it make sense to withdraw the max amount from TSP annually and remain in the 12 percent tax bracket or just take the minimum I need and pay more on taxes when I turn 70 and start drawing Social Security and required minimum distribution? If I choose option 1, I would probably invest the extra somewhere.
Q. My RMD for 2016 was withdrawn March 2017 and my RMD for 2017 was withdrawn in April and December 2017. My 1099-R reports the total of the RMDs with no distinction for how much was for 2016 and for 2017. Am I supposed to use Form 8606 for the TSP RMD? Form 8606 asks for the value of the IRA on Dec. 31, but I have two values (one for 2016 and one for 2017). Also, if TSP is not an IRA, what is it? Is there another form to put this info?