Q. I’m a CSRS retiree, age 66, and I want to withdraw a portion of my TSP savings to pay off a mortgage. Can I do this? If so, what are the tax implications or any future limitations that I may not be aware of?
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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 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 understand TSP does not withhold state taxes from periodic payments, but what I don’t understand is how those state (Ohio, specifically) taxes get paid. Does that mean I will have to pay estimated tax four times a year?
Q. If I take out $380,000 from my TPS upon retirement to pay off my mortgage, how much tax liability will I have? I will be 63½ years old, and have a total somewhere around $475,000 in my TPS account. Can I use these funds for a mortgage payoff?
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?