Browsing: Tax

Q. I plan to retire at 62 and claim the (higher) 50 percent on my husband’s Social Security. My husband is 72 and plans to continue working. We file jointly. Since he is older than 72, his earnings are not affected, but because I plan to retire at 62, what is considered the “annual limit” before we are penalized by having $1 deducted for each $2 earned? Should I continue working with a gross income of approximately $50,000; and max out my TSP contributions, including catch-up, plus max out my health savings account (my net salary would be approximately $12,000 after Medicare taxes, etc.)?…

Q. I am 38 years old and I have seven years in the system. I plan to purchase a new home this year as my primary residence. I am considering taking out a TSP residential loan to increase my down payment. What are the pros and cons of the TSP residential loan? Is the interest paid back to the loan going into my TSP account? Are there any tax repercussions?

Q. I am a FERS employee with the U.S. Postal Service. I plan on leaving this summer when I’m 58. I have read that I can be less than 59½ years old to withdraw from TSP and not be penalized for early withdrawal, as long as I am completely separated from USPS. Is this true? Also, along with my pension, I plan on with drawing about $1,200 per month from my TSP. Will I be taxed less by taking out monthly amounts than if I took out the entire amount?

Q. I have been considering moving TSP money into the G Fund to have it exempt from New Jersey state income tax. My search for an answer leaves me with confusing information regarding exemption from state tax which talks about “direct” obligations and qualified mutual funds which invest in federal obligations and bonds. To summarize: Since savings bonds, etc. are exempt from state tax, and the G Fund is made up entirely of federal obligations, couldn’t that fund be exempt?

Q. I received a check for my retirement from American Funds, and they had taken out federal income tax, so I received the net check. The check was dated Dec. 30, 2016, but I just received this check Jan. 12, 2017. My husband and I still file taxes, and I am 69½ years old. Do I have to show the net check on our 2016 income tax returns or do I show this on our 2017 taxes?

Q. I’m retired, and for 2017, I increased the amount I’m taking out in monthly TSP withdrawals. I received a letter today from TSP acknowledging my payment had increased, the correct amount and the number of months these payments are expected to last. The letter went on to say if my payments are expected to last less than 120 months, they’re considered eligible rollover distributions, not periodic payment for tax purposes. I really don’t know what this means, but somehow I suspect it means I’ll pay more in taxes. Can you shed light on this?

Q. I inherited part of a TSP account and got a check, with tax already withheld. Do I still have to pay state tax as well? I’m from Pennsylvania, and the TSP account is from my uncle who lived in Florida.

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