Browsing: Roth TSP

Q. I just retired last month from federal service. My Ameriprise adviser has advised me to move my TSP (which is about $800,000) over to an IRA with Ameriprise and then move some of that amount over to a Roth with Ameriprise. Can I convert my TSP to a Roth TSP? If not, then should I transfer some, none or all of my TSP over to Ameriprise?

Q. I have a separate Roth IRA with a fiduciary adviser, but my TSP consistently out performs my Roth. Is there any benefit to cashing out my Roth and starting to contribute to the TSP Roth account? I am 45 years old and have a total of $150,000 in my Roth account. I am currently maximizing my traditional TSP contributions.

Q. I am a 54-year-old FERS employee and have 27 years of federal service. I have a TSP account and would like to start a Roth TSP this year. I will probably work until I am 62 years old. At age 60, when my girls start college, can I take a withdraw from my Roth TSP to pay for their college without penalty?

Q. I want to make my overall TSP more conservative. I am 56, and my TSP is very substantial (20 years’ worth of maxed-out contributions) and so are my other retirement assets. I am not feeling very risk tolerant. Currently I have 85 percent of my TSP in L2030. The other 15 percent is my last 3½ years of contributions (with catch-up) that I put in a 70/15/15 mix of C/S/I. I was thinking of moving the last 15 percent to L2030, or even moving that 15 percent into G or F/G. There was a period in the past 3½ years when I was…

Q. I heard that if you have a Roth TSP and make withdrawals before 59½, the exception under the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act does not apply to the earnings portion of the Roth TSP. (I know if you transfer money to a an outside Traditional IRA or Roth IRA, you lose exception). I am a federal agent who qualifies as a public safety employee, and I’m retiring at age 56. I have money in both a traditional TSP and Roth TSP. I plan to start withdrawing upon retirement. Will I be penalized for having a Roth TSP?

Q. I recently retired and would like to start taking monthly payments from my TSP account. Unfortunately, in 2013 I started putting a small portion of my contributions into the Roth option. This money will not pass the five-year test until 2018. There isn’t much money there, but I don’t want the hassle of figuring out the tax penalty and would prefer to grow the Roth in a separate account. I called TSP and got no help figuring out options. I read your solution about transferring almost all of the account out of the TSP, separating them, then transferring back the…

Q. Is it possible to roll over just my Roth TSP account to a IRA and leave the non-Roth account in TSP? The big drawback that I see in the Roth TSP is not being able to direct it separately from the non-Roth account. What is your take on this issue, and is there any way to work around it?

Q. I plan on retiring Dec. 31, 2017. I will be 56 years old — my minimum retirement age — with 33½ years of service. I’m employed in a covered law enforcement position (DHS-CBP). My current TSP balance is approximately $465,000, and I only contribute to the basic TSP, not the TSP Roth. I would like to take a partial ($100,000) at retirement to pay off my house and also take a monthly set amount. Can I do both? Would I be subject to any early withdrawal penalty (under age 59½) on the partial $100,000 that I would use to pay off…

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