Browsing: TSP withdrawal

Q. I am a separated federal employee, not of age and I am on Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs federal disability. I’m going to do a TSP early withdrawal. I have a few questions that I could not find while researching my options:  1)  Being on federal disability, can I even apply for financial hardship withdrawal? 2)  What is the difference (if any) between financial hardship withdrawal & early partial withdrawal? Is there any benefit filing one or the other? 3)  At the end of the year I know I’ll have a 1099 and there is a 10 percent penalty.…

Q. I divorced five years ago, after my retirement. My ex-spouse received 50 percent of my TSP. I’m now remarried. I would like to do a full withdraw option now that I’m going to quit my second career (have reached the age of 64), but am confused on the options. Do I have to select the 50 percent survivor benefit and, if so, should our marriage not work out in the long run will I, again, lose half of my TSP?

Q. I am planning to begin taking monthly payments from my L2030 fund at around age 60. I am 52, currently with $1.1 million in invested assets. I generally subscribe to your theory of “pick the L Fund closest to your life expectancy,” minus 10 years in my case. For example, if I expect to live to 2050, I would choose the L2040 fund (based on my risk tolerance). Given the above, at age 60, let’s say I want to exhaust my L fund within 30 years – can you give me a ballpark percentage per year that I could…

Q. You’ve mentioned in the past that if a person does not know which funds are best to invest their TSP money, they should invest in the Lifecycle fund that closely matches their life expectancy. I’m 58, retired CSRS and currently in the L2030. I plan to start generating a monthly income stream from the $470,000 balance and begin payments of 3.5 percent of the balance to meet expenses. When commencing monthly payments, do you recommend keeping the funds in the corresponding L Fund or should I look at a more conservative strategy during the draw-down phase?

Q. I am a federal dual-status technician with the LA guard. I am 50 as of March 2018 and will have 28 years federal technician time on Sept. 22, 2018. Can I voluntarily retire and draw my FERS retirement, the supplement and my TSP  without being penalized the 10 percent? My actual minimum retirement age is 56 years and 8 months.

Q. I plan to retire from federal service in about three years and start my TSP withdrawals then. My wife will continue working at that point; she has a 401(k)-like plan at her job that she contributes money to now. She also gets a fixed contribution from her employer, i.e., it does not depend on her contribution. Once I retire, should she continue contributing to her 401(k) or not? That is, she could keep contributing $X a year and I would end up taking $X more out of TSP.  Or, she could stop contributing and I would take $X less out…

Q. I am a single/divorced female, 58 years old, and I have 38 years of federal civilian service. I retired December 30, 2017, with a small outstanding TSP loan balance – less than $900. I have about $55,000 in my TSP. I had previously left the federal service (eight years ago) and used my TSP balance earlier in my career. When I reentered the federal civil service I reinvested in TSP and currently have a balance amount of $55,000. I’m considering requesting the full amount of my balance. Will I be penalized if I do not pay this small loan back…

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