Q. I plan on working in federal service for roughly 22 more years. I contribute enough to the TSP to max out the matching contribution. I read somewhere that it would be a good idea to direct the rest of my savings to an outside Roth IRA with a company like Vanguard so that I have more investment choices for my after-tax dollars. Good idea?
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Q. Does contributing to the Roth TSP affect my Roth IRA annual contribution limits? Can I submit up to the limits of both in the same year ($18,500/year Roth TSP and $5,500/year Roth IRA) if I have a Roth IRA account in addition to my Thrift Savings Plan account?
Q. I noticed you always say employees should place their money in the L Fund that most closely corresponds to their life expectancy. However, on the TSP website shows you should invest in the L Fund that most closely corresponds to when you will withdraw the money. Can you elaborate on this issue?
Q. What is the difference between a Roth TSP and a Traditional TSP? I was listening to a person yesterday and she says to place your funds in a Roth TSP so you don’t suffer the penalty at withdrawal. The only problem, she says, is you have to leave them in the Roth TSP for five years. Please clarify.
Q. I was recently hired as a GS employee and have a good amount of prior military time. I am in the process of saving up for the military buyback. I have money in a an IRA which I am no longer putting funds, due in part to the fact I am investing heavily in my TSP. Can I use the money in my IRA towards my military buyback?
Q. I am a current Department of Defense employee with eight years of federal service. I am applying for disability retirement and Social Security Disability Insurance. Can I contribute to my TSP after I am on disability retirement?
Q. I was forced to liquidate almost all of my savings, stocks, etc., five years ago to assist a family member with some much-needed medical financial assistance. I am 54 years old, and plan on working for an additional 14 years. I’m currently putting $350/pay period into TSP with contribution allocations in L2030 (10%), C Fund (45%) and S Fund (45%). Balances are $13,662, $2,730 and $10,986, respectively. Every opportunity I get, I increase my contribution. Here’s my question: Based on the short amount of time I have left to retire (14 years), is my allocation percentage into the three funds…
Q. I was told that I can still contribute to TSP after I retire from the military at 20 years. However, when trying to clarify that information I stumbled upon your blog and saw this Q&A: Q: I enlisted in the Marine Corps and signed up for the Thrift Savings Plan in 2004. I was severely injured in Iraq in 2005 and was retired from active service in 2006. I am now receiving Combat Related Special Compensation, Social Security and my compensation from the Veterans Administration. Can I continue to add to my TSP account as a military retiree?…
Q. I’ve settled a case against the government and would like to apply some of the proceeds into my TSP account. I’m over 50. Other than making a “make up” contribution, can I use 415c to make an additional annual contribution that is the difference between $54,000 less my elective deferral, matching contributions, etc?