Browsing: Roth IRA

Q. When I turn 70½ and have to withdraw the money in my TSP, can I take half and put it in a Roth account and then what is left the next year have them pay me in an annuity?

Q. I have read several of the Money Matters articles regarding the fact that the SEP IRA can be transferred into the TSP. However, when I looked at the TSP 60 Form, Section II, Block 13, it lists a Traditional IRA, SIMPLE IRA and Eligible Employer Plan as choices for transfer to the TSP. If a person has an SEP IRA to transfer to the TSP, would they select the SIMPLE IRA or Eligible Employer Plan for this situation? Would the person need to explain to the TSP in an attachment that it is an SEP IRA transfer?

Q. I am 39 years old, an officer of 14 years in the Marine Corps and married (she’s 37) with four beautiful children. I have a car payment worth $25,000 and don’t own a house or mortgage. I have spent the better part of the last six years paying off my student loans, which were more than $69,000. We are, thankfully, now in a position to begin investments, especially considering we have solid emergency savings established and very little consumer debt (the car is it and we don’t have credit card debt). I am considering starting the Roth TSP for myself and a Roth IRA for my…

Q: I am 39 years old, an officer of 14 years in the Marine Corps, married (she’s 37) with 4 beautiful children, have 1 car payment worth 25,000k, don’t own a house or mortgage, and have spent the better part of the last 6 years paying off my student loans which were above $69k when we started. We are, thankfully, now in a position to begin investments especially considering we have a solid emergency savings established and very little consumer debt (the car is it and NO credit card debt…we’ve been working hard). I am considering starting the ROTH TSP…

Q. I am a federal employee contributing the maximum to TSP (Traditional). I currently own a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, and my wife owns a Roth IRA. As our combined income will soon exceed the threshold for the standard approach to contribute to our Roths, I am investigating strategies to utilize the back door approach to making Roth contributions. The fact I still have a traditional IRA is the issue — it is comprised of $12,000 of after-tax contributions, and $48,000 of pretax earning thus far. If I use the back door approach, I would have a large…

Q. I am 36 years old and make about $125,000 a year and file as single head of household. I have a $300,000 in a traditional TSP and about $50,000 in the Roth TSP. However, starting this year I will be making more than the $117,000 limit to invest in my private Roth IRA. I like the idea of Roth because I live in Nevada, which has no state income tax, and federally I am in the 25 percent tax bracket. In retirement I plan to leave Nevada to go to a state that has a 6 percent state income tax, while…

Q. After 27 years of diligent saving and investing, I’ve accumulated well over $1 million in my regular TSP account. I also have over $70,000 in my Roth TSP account, and that portion is growing quickly. By the time I retire, I expect my Roth TSP balance will account for around 10 percent of my entire TSP account balance. After I retire at the end of 2017 (at age 62) and before I begin collecting Social Security (at age 66 or 70), I want to convert a good portion of my regular TSP account to Roth assets. The problem is,…

Q. I have a TSP account. A portion of it is tax-exempt combat pay. When I was in combat, TSP didn’t offer Roth IRAs and, therefore, the money was combined into one account. However, the statement reflects how much of the pay is tax-exempt. I’m considering rolling over my accounts to have more options. TSP told me that they would have to send me a check for the tax-exempt portion and that they can roll the rest into a IRA. If they send me the tax-exempt money, can I deposit it into a Roth?