Q. I’m 55 and a civilian employee. I’m retired Air Force, with a bit in my military TSP and a growing amount in my civilian TSP. I’ve just started converting all of my future TSP contributions to go to Roth, for one main reason: I plan to retire at age 62, and we’re going to take a lump-sum distribution of my TSP to purchase a house (won’t be eligible for a mortgage). The TSP balance at the time will be about $400,000 or so (hopefully closer to $500,000). I estimate that roughly 40-50 percent of it will be Traditional, and the rest Roth.…
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Q. A co-worker inadvertently put $4,000 into each of their Roth and Traditional IRA TSP accounts this year (they misunderstood the IRA limit laws). What is the best, simplest, and/or most efficient, method for them to rectify this situation with TSP?
Q. I retired before the Roth TSP program was put into place. Can I now convert my TSP account into a Roth TSP account? If not now, how about after changes to withdrawals from TSP are put into effect this year?
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. My wife and I contribute 18 percent to TSP (Roth) but also have five outside funds (1 mutual fund, 2 Roth IRA’s, 2 traditional IRA’s) that we no longer contribute to. I am retiring soon; however, my wife will work another three years. Would you recommend rolling them into our TSP (L2030)?
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. Does contributing to the Roth TSP affect my Roth IRA annual contribution limits? Can I submit up to the limits of both in the same year ($18,500/year Roth TSP and $5,500/year Roth IRA) if I have a Roth IRA account in addition to my Thrift Savings Plan account?
Q. What is the difference between a Roth TSP and a Traditional TSP? I was listening to a person yesterday and she says to place your funds in a Roth TSP so you don’t suffer the penalty at withdrawal. The only problem, she says, is you have to leave them in the Roth TSP for five years. Please clarify.