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Q. I retired April 30, 2016, under FERS law enforcement and was considering taking a one-time, partial withdrawal to pay off our mortgage and complete some home improvements. The withdrawal would be substantial — in the $400,000 range. Is there any advantage or disadvantage in withdrawing the money now or is it better to wait until the following year? My wife and I are uncertain if we would be taxed beyond our current rate and if the withdrawal is viewed by the IRS as “income” for purposes of filing at the end of 2016.

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…

Q. I understand that I can take a TSP loan just prior to retirement, not pay it and have it become a taxable distribution after 90 days. If the 90 days fall after the first of the year, will the tax be on the new year income or at the time of the loan? I’m a rehired annuitant, if that matters.

Q. If I was to take a normal FERS retirement on Dec. 31, 2017, would the money I receive for unused annual leave be income for 2017 or 2018? Also if I have an outstanding TSP loan, would the unpaid balance be reported as taxable income for 2017 or 2018?

Q. I am a recent FERS retiree with 32 years of credited government service and retired at the minimum retirement age of 56 (I was born in 1959). I thought that I can withdraw my TSP at the MRA without incurring early withdrawal penalties. However, in reviewing my 2015 1099-R from TSP, box 7 indicates a (2), which I understand is an early distribution. Is this information correct?

Q. I retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons on November 28,2014. I withdrew a part of my TSP receiving it on February 17, 2015. When I received my 1099 it identified my distribution code as 1 -early premature distribution. Why is it not code 2-early distribution exception applies, since I am federal law enforcement?

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