Browsing: FERS

Outstanding loan

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Q. I am looking at retiring in the FERS LEO category next year. I have a $30,000 outstanding TSP loan, which we will not be able to pay back. I understand I will incur a 10 percent IRS penalty and the $30,000 will be looked at as a taxable disbursement. Am I still eligible to obtain life expectancy withdrawals when I retire? A. Yes.

FERS disability

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Q. I fell under FERS disability. What percentage will I be hit with on a full withdrawal of my TSP? I am under the 55 age limit. A. The withholding for federal taxes will be 20 percent. The tax and early withdrawal penalty you actually owe on the withdrawal will be calculated when you file your tax return for the year. Unless you qualify for one of the exceptions listed on the left side of Page 7 of the notice at https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-536.pdf, in addition to income taxes, your withdrawal will be subject to the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty.

CSRS Offset

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Q. My wife retires in January from federal service. She had CSRS Offset. She is receiving her annuity, but did she contribute to FERS while in CSRS offset? And if she did, does she now have stocks in FERS that she can move into her mutual fund? A. She did not contribute to FERS if she was not covered by FERS. If you’re asking if she contributed to the Thrift Savings Plan, that’s a question she will have to answer. If she did, then she has money that is hers to do with as she pleases, within the rules.

Tax withholding

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Q. I’m 68 and still working, and I started drawing Social Security when I turned 66 two years ago. How do I calculate how much taxes will come out of my Social Security, TSP and FERS retirement checks? A. You will find the rules for tax withholding from TSP distributions in the table on Page 3 of the notice at https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-536.pdf.

SRS offset

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Q. My job will end and I plan to retire Dec. 28. I am eligible for discontinued service retirement. At the time I submit my paperwork (approximately August/September of this year), I also plan to submit my request to withdraw a lump sum out of TSP and then set up monthly withdrawals. I will be one month short of my MRA which under Discontinued Service Retirement is not an issue except when I will be eligible to supplement all of this retirement income – FERS annuity/TSP withdrawals – with the special retirement supplement. Not a big deal … I can…

Retirement options

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Q. I am 62 and a FERS employee. Can I retire with my FERS annuity and TSP and wait until my full retirement age of 66? I do not plan to work  after I leave. A. Yes.

Investment diversity

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Q. I am 67, and I plan to work two more years. I am collecting my Social Security. My TSP is invested in the G fund, and I panic every time I invest elsewhere and the market goes bust and I lose $6,000 in one day. Should I diversify or stay in the G fund so close to retirement? I have diversified in the past and lost $52,000 in 2008. A. It sounds like you’re not qualified to manage a retirement investment account. You should either stick to the G Fund, buy a TSP annuity or find a trustworthy investment…

TSP withdrawal

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IRS penalty on partial TSP withdrawal

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Q. I am a FERS employee (6c law enforcement coverage) planning to retire in January 2015 after 31 years in federal law enforcement. I plan to build my retirement home soon after and have need of a partial withdrawal from my Thrift Savings Plan at retirement. Is this partial withdrawal subject to the 10 percent IRS tax under the one time withdrawal provision, and if so, do I have any option to avoid that penalty while still accessing about a third of my account? A: If you retire during or after the year in which you reach age 55, you…

Survivor benefits

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Q. My husband and I both work for the Postal Service. He is retiring March 1 under CSRS. I have 25 years in working for the Postal Service and have at least eight years left to retire (FERS). We elected not to take the survivor benefits because I’m still working at the Postal Service and I will have him on my medical plan. We have two insurance policies on both of us in case of death. But I’m not sure if I understand the point of survivor benefits. Do you have any numbers on the pros and cons of survivor…

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