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Q. I am a FERS employee with 14 years service, age 53. Tired of the pay freeze and “no money for promotions” line. Also tired of doing the jobs of higher paid co-workers while they call in sick two to three days a week. If I resign, can I take my FERS and Thrift Savings Plan in one lump sum and walk away? I am also a military retiree and have my pension and Tricare health care plans from that, so that is not a concern. Understanding the tax hit, will I just receive what I contributed, or the fed matching,…

Q. I am a 53-year-old CSRS employee with 31 years of service and I am contemplating taking advantage of any early-out retirement option if offered next year. I have heard rumors that the Internal Revenue Service has a rule in place that states that if I retire before age 59½, it will assess a tax penalty of 10 percent on my annuity amount for having retired early? I realize there is a penalty on the Thrift Savings Plan part, but I have never heard of tax penalty on federal pension due to early retirement. A. Not true.

Q. I have been reading your responses to the questions of federal agents and early withdrawals of their TSP accounts. The publication, 575, specifically states that law enforcement officers are exempt from the penalty if they are at least in their 50th year and the plan is a “qualified retirement plan.” IRS Form 8880 instructions refer to the TSP as a “qualified retirement plan” and in various other places within the IRS publications. Why do you insist it is not? Can you please clarify your position on this? Also, the IRS defines a law enforcement officer as one that is authorized…

Q. Can I maximize my Roth TSP contribution ($17,000) and also contribute to a regular Roth mutual fund up to the $5,500 limit? A. Depends upon your marital status and income. Check IRS Publication 590 or ask your tax accountant for the answer.

If you own a Thrift Savings Plan account and plan to use it to fund your standard of living in retirement, you are a pension fund manager. As a pension fund manager, you are responsible for the standard of living your TSP account produces. This standard of living will depend heavily on the decisions you make in the course of managing your account. It is critical to recognize that a single stumble along the way — one bad outcome from one bad or overlooked decision — can cost you dearly later in life. The margin for error is razor thin,…

Q. Based on a reading of Internal Revenue Service Publication 721, it appears to say that since the CSRS and FERS retirement systems are considered “eligible retirement plans” you could roll over a distribution (including a regular annuity payment) into another IRA and defer the taxes, or into a Roth IRA and pay the taxes immediately. If this is the case, the normal IRS limitation on contributions to IRAs and Roth IRAs are bypassed. Am I reading this correctly? A. From IRS Publication 721: “Distributions eligible for rollover treatment. If you receive a refund of your CSRS or FERS contributions when you…

Q. I am retired CSRS. I was born Nov. 15, 1942. Therefore, I’ll be 70½ on May 15. 1. When will I have to start taking payments from my Thrift Savings Plan account? 2. Can I wait until January to March 2014 before I get my first payment? 3. What is the minimum I will have to take? 4. I do not want a total lump-sum payment. 5. Do I have to take a monthly payment, or can I get my minimum payment once a year? 6. What form do I need to submit to get minimal payments each year? 7. Can…

Q. I have more than 20 years of service as a federal law enforcement officer and will turn 55 in 2014. I plan to retire under FERS from my agency this year, before my age 55, and immediately (with no break in service) become re-employed on a full-time basis with another federal agency. I understand that my salary during the period of re-employment will be offset by the amount of my FERS annuity, and that retirement deductions (including Thrift Savings Plan contributions) will be made from my re-employment salary.  I understand further that I would earn a supplemental annuity upon termination…

Q. When I retire, I will be 59½ and will have 30 years of service at the Postal Service. I will not have any earned income from that point on. I understand federal and state taxes will be taken out of my FERS annuity and any money I take out of my Thrift Savings Plan. Will I also have Social Security deducted from these two sources? Also, will my special retirement supplement and — when I turn 62, my SSI benefit — also be subject to federal and state taxes? A. Mike: Your TSP withdrawals are subject to income taxation,…

Q. So if I follow all the rules related to my current Thrift Savings Plan account, and I begin making systematic withdrawals under the annuity factor method at age 55: 1. Can I contribute to my new employer’s 401(k) while drawing from my TSP? (I may want to take a downscaled job and subsidize the lower income with my TSP distributions.) 2. Are any Internal Revenue Service restrictions in place regarding my Roth IRA because I am taking distributions from my 401(k) at age 55? A. Yes, you may contribute to a 401(k) while taking distributions from your TSP account,…

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