Browsing: Tax

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?

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. I was terminated from my position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (I later got my job back through arbitration), and I’ve withdrawn money from my TSP. I was forced to pay a 20 percent penalty and another 10 percent on top of that. I was told I may be able to get back the 20 percent because it was from a termination. Is this true? If so, how do I accomplish this?

Q. I recently submitted paperwork for a partial withdrawal of my TSP account (I am separated from federal service). I submitted this paperwork with guidance from a certified financial planner and after several phone calls to TSP. I wanted $240,000 rolled over into another retirement vehicle. TSP only sent them $112,000 — taxed the balance and sent me a check. When I called them they said their was nothing I could do now since the money had already been disbursed. I haven’t even received the check yet. What recourse do I have? I do not want to withdraw this money…

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