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Q. I am a federal employee with a TSP (Traditional). In addition, I currently own a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, while my wife owns a Roth IRA. This year, it looks like our combined income (MAGI) will likely exceed the threshold for the standard approach to contribute to our Roth IRAs. I have seen strategies to use the backdoor approach, but it will require smartly transferring my traditional IRA to TSP to avoid a large conversion taxes. My traditional IRA has a nondeductible basis of $12,000 and $78,000 of earnings. As I understand from research, I could transfer the $78,000…

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 am considering taking a position where I would be a re-employed annuitant and covered under a dual comp wavier. As my income looks like it would be over the limit for an IRA, what are the best ways I could continue to save for retirement while I am a reemployed annuitant and then roll those savings into the TSP?

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?

Q: Because of the limited ability to withdraw TSP funds in a totally efficient manner for me, I am considering rolling my TSP account to Vanguard in two years when I retire. Vanguard provides the ability to withdraw Roth funds separate from 401k funds in any amounts I desire. As I understand, TSP requires withdraws to be equally prorated between 401k and Roth, based on the total balance. How does a TSP transfer occur … are the TSP Roth funds moved to a Vanguard rollover Roth fund and the TSP 401k funds placed in a taxable rollover account? It seems…

A. I am a FERS employee at the Department of Defense (from my TSP, 25 percent is in the general fund and 75 percent goes to a Roth. I am told that when I leave service, I must terminate my TSP. This is distressing. Any advice?

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