Q. I read your “Best Dates to Retire” in 2017. While I did not retire in 2017, I am planning to retire in 2018. Based on everything that you recommended for 2017 retirement planning, I am using this as my guidance for 2018 retirement planning. I am a FERS status employee. I will have 26 years of FTE service as of August 3, 2018. I have a base of 240 hours carryover annual leave and 1,500 hours of sick leave. I intend to accrue my max leaves for both AL and SL. I will use my accrued AL toward a…
Q. I am planning to separate from the U.S. Postal Service and would prefer a full withdrawal of my TSP balance. I have an outstanding loan that I cannot pay off and would prefer to just pay the taxes and any penalty. Do I have to wait the full 90 days for this loan to go into default, or can I request that an immediate taxable distribution be declared and have the loan closed? When the loan is closed, do I need to pay the taxes/penalties then or would I just declare them when I file my taxes at year…
Q. When I left the government for six years I pulled out my retirement under CSRS. I since have returned back to the government for the last 17 years. Since I was taxed on it when I pulled it out, can I report it on my taxes as paying back into my retirement?
Q. What does Social Security consider substantial earnings? It says if you have more than 30 years of substantial earnings, the windfall elimination doesn’t apply. I have 32 years of taxed Social Security earnings and 37 years of taxed Medicare earnings, but I am not sure what substantial is.
Q. I am CSRS Offset. I withdrew my retirement funds years ago, and need to make a redeposit. I want to move money from my individual 401(k) to the Office of Personnel Management to make the redeposit. Will OPM report it to the IRS as a rollover, or will it be taxed as if I never re-deposited it?
Q. Theoretical case: If a retiree has a $10,000 per year SRS benefit then works part-time earning $40,000 per year, can the retiree place all or most of post retirement earnings into employers tax-deferred account, therefore not impacting SRS earnings test? The desired result would be to not have any earnings or insignificant earnings, thereby retaining $10,000 per year SRS benefit while also generating $40,000 tax-deferred account. I think the IRS annual deferral limit is approximately $54,000. Thoughts?
Q. I retired as an air traffic controller in 2013 with 28 years of service at the age of 48. I am looking at my options for TSP withdrawal. I am now 52 years old. Am I still limited to the Life Expectancy method or have the new rules changed options for me?
Q. I’m eligible to retire March 2018. I will have FERS, 35-plus years and I’m age 56. Also, I will have an outstanding TSP loan (two years to pay it off). Would I have to pay it off or will it be a write-off with a penalty tax?
Q. I am a FERS employee and plan to retire next year when I turn 58 (with 33 years of service). I have a healthy TSP balance (approximately $1 million). I am married, and my husband will be in the workforce for at least eight more years. Upon retirement, I may withdraw 100 percent of the TSP funds and pay tax on it all next year. I would like to use the balance to pay off a mortgage on two rental homes I own with my husband ($330,000) and put aside another $100,000 in liquid cash for education for my…