Q. I’ve decided that it would be financially advantageous for me to default on my current TSP loan, in order to pay off other, more pressing and expensive debts. My loan payment is currently deducted automatically from my biweekly civil-service paycheck by the Treasury Department. So I have three questions: 1) Is there a mechanism by which I can have Treasury stop making the loan payment/deduction? 2) If so, then if I do so as of Oct. 15, will I be liable for the taxes on the deemed disbursement in this tax year, or in the next tax year? (I…
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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.
Q. I have approximately $4,500 to repay on a TSP loan. I want to retire in five years, so I’m trying to build up my TSP. Am I better off to let the loan run it’s course, or am I better off putting the additional contributions toward the loan?
Q. I have a TSP residential loan. I sold the property associated with that loan and bought a new one. Am I obligated to pay back the loan all in one lump sum now, or may I simply continue making the payments, in effect switching out the primary property with which the loan is associated?
Q. From what I understand, I must repay a TSP loan within 90 days of the date my agency notifies TSP of my separation from service, otherwise my loan is taxable. When does the agency notify TSP of my separation, upon retirement? A. You’ll have to ask your agency’s benefits officer.
Q. I am three years away from retiring (active-duty military officer) and have some credit card debt I would like to pay off before leaving active duty. I am not eligible for a TSP hardship withdrawal because of my income. What would happen if I take out a TSP loan and intentionally not pay it back? I understand I would be responsible for it becoming a taxable distribution and a 10 percent early withdrawal fee, but would there be any other negative effects against me or my credit? Would it even be ethical?
Q. What happens if the down payment made is less than the amount of a TSP residential loan? Would the borrower have to claim the difference as a withdrawal and pay the penalty and claim as income? A. I don’t believe that there is a requirement to commit the entire loan to the down payment, but you should consult your tax preparer to be sure.
Q. I am 57 with 20 years of service and don’t plan on retiring for at least 5 years. I would like to take out a TSP loan, then when I turn 59½ take an age-based disbursement for enough to pay back the balance of the loan and have some money left over. Can I do it that way? Or would I be required to pay off the loan before getting an age-based disbursement? I would think they would just deduct the amount of money I still owe from the disbursement. For example, say I took out a $50,000 loan…
Q. Regarding my TSP loan, I have a balance due of approximately $9,500 with a payoff date in just over two years paying $175 every two weeks. I also contribute 5 percent to my Thrift Savings Plan, which is approximately $160 per pay period. I would love to pay off my TSP loan sooner so that I could then concentrate on paying off other debt that I have (two years left on auto loan; balance of $12,000 at 2 percent). I can’t afford for my net pay to decrease anymore right now, so I am wondering if it would make…
Q. The Air Force is going through a drawdown because of sequestration. If a person has a current Thrift Savings Plan loan and is involuntary retired earlier than the minimum 20 years for military service, what are their TSP loan options? Are they required to immediately pay this back, or will they still have the option to pay the loan back over time? Also, how does joining the civil service affect the TSP account? A. You will be required to repay any outstanding loan balance within 90 days of separation, or the unpaid balance will be declared a taxable distribution.