Browsing: minimum distribution

TSP withdrawal

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Q. I am 64 years old and will be retiring in a year. I have 15 years with the federal government. Do all of my Thrift Savings Plan contributions have to be withdrawn prior to a specific age? I also understand that my total TSP account will be charged 20 percent. Am I to understand that after the 20 percent is subtracted from my TSP account, I have to pay income taxes per year for withdrawals I make from my TSP account that will be added to my total gross income? A. You will be required to begin taking minimum annual distributions…

Figuring out required minimum distributions

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Q: I have a question concerning the following paragraph from your Feb. 20 column in Federal Times: I find it disappointing that it appears that you will not be able to manage, or withdraw, money selectively between the two options. Your contribution allocation and any interfund transfers you direct will apply to both options. Any withdrawals will be taken, pro rata, from both options. You may, however, split a rollover distribution between traditional and Roth IRA accounts. Specifically, I am puzzled by the statement in the second sentence. As I understand the general concept with “tax deferred” individual retirement accounts…

Social Security and TSP rollover

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Q. I am a Civil Service Retirement System employee, hired in 1979 and contemplating retiring April 3, 2013. 1. I will be subject to the windfall elimination provision because I earned 40 credits of Social Security eligibility prior to my federal employment. But my spouse is also eligible for Social Security and started receiving Social Security benefits of more than $1,900 a month (gross) starting last month (January 2012), whereas the Social Security Administration has estimated that my Social Security benefits would be approximately $385 a month (gross). Would I be eligible for spousal Social Security benefits? 2. A financial planner…

TSP, RMD and private accounts

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Q: I am 75 and still working under the Federal Employees Retirement System. I have two tax shelter plans. One of them is with my Thrift Savings Plan account, and I learned from the TSP website that I do not have to take a required minimum distribution from them until I retire. My other plan started when I worked for Georgia Tech, but is now managed by a brokerage firm. My question is: Must I take an RMD from the plan managed by the brokerage firm if I am still working? I don’t understand why I should have to take such…