Q. I will be retiring at age 56 and will be eligible for the special retirement supplement upon retirement. Is my lump-sum payment for annual leave used in an earnings test to reduce my SRS? If I am eligible for a VERA incentive payment, is this used in an earnings test to reduce my SRS?

Q. I have a current loan that I am paying on in my TSP account. I am counting the days until I am 59 1/2 so I can make a withdrawal. Am I allowed only one lump sum withdrawal or, if I take a withdrawal while I am working, can I take another withdrawal when I retire in 4+ years? Is there a cap on the amount I can withdraw in my lump sum amount? Can I withdraw when I have a current loan with the intent of paying off the loan?

Q. I am a current federal employee. My agency has advised that there will be 27 pay periods in 2018 and suggested adjusting our TSP to ensure that employees do not miss out on any matching. However, I have looked at the NFC Pay Period calendar and while there are in fact 27 2018 EFT dates, there are only 26 official pay dates in 2018. The first check to be received in the calendar year is PP25 from 2017 and the official pay date is Mon., January 4, 2018. The last check to be received in the calendar year is…

Q. I never really understood the G Fund. Am I correct in believing that as long as I leave money in the G Fund, the value of the G Fund will never decrease? Further, the yield is influenced mostly by the yield on the 10-year Treasury. So, as these interest rates rise so probably will the yield on the 10-year Treasury?

Q. I know with a traditional IRA if I don’t take my required minimum distributions by 12/31 of the calendar year I turn 70 1/2, I am subject to a steep penalty. However, in reviewing the TSP information, it seems like I can wait until April 1 of the following year, without penalty. Do I understand that right?

Q. I read your “Best Dates to Retire” in 2017. While I did not retire in 2017, I am planning to retire in 2018. Based on everything that you recommended for 2017 retirement planning, I am using this as my guidance for 2018 retirement planning. I am a FERS status employee. I will have 26 years of FTE service as of August 3, 2018. I have a base of 240 hours carryover annual leave and 1,500 hours of sick leave. I intend to accrue my max leaves for both AL and SL. I will use my accrued AL toward a…

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