Browsing: Roth TSP

Q. I’ve been reading your archives for CSRS Voluntary Contributions Program (VCP) and the strategy of rolling its balance over into a Roth. Since TSP offers such low management rates, a TSP Roth is my intended destination for these VCP funds. But as of your 2012 guidance, the VCP cannot be directly into a TSP Roth, as the VCP is not a “designated Roth account.” Has this guidance changed? If not, then can this still be done by transferring the VCP funds twice – from the VCP into a generic non-TSP (commercial) Roth and from that non-TSP Roth into the TSP…

Q. I have a TSP (Roth & Traditional) via uniformed service; I also have employer retirement accounts with TIAA (both Roth & Traditional), which is a 403(b). [I believe the scenario below would be the same for those with a 401(k).] To try to tease out and maintain the Roth funds for later, at separation/retirement from the reserves I am planning to take the one time bulk distribution (95-99 percent) of my TSP and have it be a direct rollover to my TIAA accounts. Once the TSP funds are in my applicable 403(b) Roth and 403(b) Traditional accounts at TIAA, I…

Q. I plan on retiring from 33 years of federal service with the Department of Defense. I have $1 million in my TSP and want to convert some of it each year to a Roth account. After retiring, I expect my taxable income to be about $100,000 per year. After retiring, if I transfer $50,000 per year from my TSP to a Roth account, what will my tax rate be?  Note: I’m assuming the federal tax rate between $77,000 and $165,000 is 22 percent, for over $600,000 is 37%. Would I be taxed 22 percent on the $50,000, since $100,000 +…

Q. There is a lot of information on sites regarding how to convert traditional TSP funds to a Roth IRA – and how to transfer Roth 401(k), Roth 403(b) and Roth 457(b) into the Roth TSP – but I can’t seem to find anything about transferring Roth TSP funds to a Roth IRA. I am told that this can be done (Roth to Roth), but can’t find anything definitive on it, or what form to use to do it.

Q. I will be retiring from the U.S. Postal Service in September after 30 years. I started Roth deposits in my TSP in 2014. I know if I withdraw before five years (Jan. 1, 2019), the interest portion from the Roth part will be taxable along with the conventional part. If I withdraw monthly before Jan. 1, 2019, will the interest in the Roth portion become tax-exempt after Jan. 1, 2019, or do I have to wait until Jan. 1, 2019, to start withdrawals to keep the Roth portion tax-exempt later on?

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