Browsing: Roth TSP

Q. I’m a Defense Department employee looking to retire in 2019. I attended an Air Force retirement seminar today; I’m not an Air Force employee, but they they allow Defense Logistics Agency employees to attend. The young man presenting the TSP training informed us that we could not or should not transfer funds from our TSP into a Roth IRA when retiring. He said I would incur a large tax that must be paid out of pocket not from my TSP transfer. He provided us with several option for TSP: full withdrawal. an annuity. a TSP monthly payout. an IRA rollover. He said the…

The Department of Labor recently enacted a rule requiring that “advisers” — meaning investment and insurance sales people — who offer “advice” to participants about their retirement accounts act as fiduciaries and accept the responsibility and liability that goes along with that role. In simple terms, this means that anyone who tells you to do something — anything — with your Thrift Savings Plan money, is obligated to put your interests ahead of all others. This poses a rather unpleasant problem for the “financial services” industry, which has built a massive profit generating machine upon a foundation that includes, as…

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 have been investing in the traditional TSP during my entire career. I have approximately $585,000 in my account and plan to retire at 62 years old in 5 years from now. I’m contemplating changing my investments from the traditional to the Roth in order to lessen the tax burden later on in retirement when required minimum distributions kick in. My wife is self-employed and has been funding a Roth annually for the past 10 years. I began funding a Roth last year and we both plan to continue to fund a Roth for the next 5 years. Do you…

Here’s a pop-quiz question for you: How many partial lump-sum withdrawals are you allowed to take from your Thrift Savings Plan account during your lifetime? Go ahead, write down your answer. Everyone knows that the answer is one, right? In fact, that is the stated limit in every TSP publication that I can remember seeing. This limit is also one of a number of common reasons that TSP participants decide to roll their account assets from the best retirement investment vehicle in the United States into an individual retirement account after retiring. But, while the TSP’s withdrawal restrictions are inconvenient,…

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 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. 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,…