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Early withdrawal penalty?

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Q. I retired under a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority from the Department of Agriculture in July at age 56. I chose to receive monthly payments from my Thrift Savings Plan account. I would like to pay off my mortgage and a student loan. The only thing I can come up with is to transfer my TSP funds into an IRA and withdraw from the IRA. If I roll my TSP funds into a traditional IRA and make withdrawals before 59½, will I be subject to the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty? A. Yes, I believe you will, but you should…

Mortgage and C Fund

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Q. I retired Jan. 31, 2013. I have more than four years left on my mortgage. I owe about $25,000 on my loan. I was thinking of taking a lump sum from my Thrift Savings Plan for about $20,000 and use my tax refund to make up the difference I would owe. I have about $120,000 in my TSP. I’ve had it in the C Fund, which is doing very well. Do you think it’s a good idea to take a lump-sum withdrawal to pay off my mortgage? It would save me $900 per month, which is what I’m paying…

Using TSP funds to pay off mortgage

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Q. I am thinking of retiring in about a year and will have approximately $310,000 in my Thrift Savings Plan account. The remaining cost of my mortgage is going to be about $140,000. Is using the TSP funds to pay off the mortgage an option? How much would I be taxed if I opted to go this route? If this does not sound smart, please suggest a smarter idea that I might use. A. It is an option, but the money will be taxed as ordinary income and may be subject to the early withdrawal penalty, depending on your age.…

Payment to state required for TSP withdrawal?

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Q. I’m planning on a FERS retirement at the end of December 2014. At that time, I’ll have already met the minimum retirement age and will have credit for 32 years of service. I’ve read that I can withdraw funds from the Thrift Savings Plan without an early withdrawal penalty upon my retirement, and that approximately 20 percent will be withheld for federal taxes, but what I don’t know and can’t seem to find is the amount of money that will need to be paid to my state of residence, West Virginia. My plan is to use the money in…

Pay off mortgage with TSP?

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Q. I know that you say (almost always) not to pay off the mortgage on retirement with Thrift Savings Plan funds. So when it is a good idea to do so? I’m CSRS Offset ending at GS-14, Step 8 with 32 years of service, $300,000 in TSP, $30,000 in cash on hand, will have no credit card or vehicle debt shortly as we are selling an investment property (taking the tax hit instead of identifying a new investment property because I really don’t want to be a landlord anymore), the usual monthly expenses, and will get the law enforcement/firefighter retirement benefit bump…

Withdrawal to pay off home

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Q. I am retiring Aug. 30 and would like to pay my home off at this time. I have $107,000 in my account and the payoff for my home would be roughly $49,000. I plan to let the remaining balance stay there until 62 and receive monthly payments. My retirement is listed under FERS and, at 62, I will get Social Security (I have worked in the private sector for more than 30 years and expect my retirement pay to be nothing less than $1,000 a month, for a total income of at least $2,600 a month. Does this seem like a…

70½ options

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Q. My husband (retired FERS) turned 70 in March and has more than $200,000 in the Thrift Savings Plan. Our understanding is that he must begin withdrawal by April 2013. We owe $100,000 on our home. Is it better to take out enough to pay off the house or schedule the minimum monthly withdrawal? A. The smart move will depend upon your mortgage terms and how you manage the TSP money. If I were responsible for the outcome, I’d prefer to see you continue the mortgage, if it’s at a market fixed rate, and take the required minimum distribution from the TSP account.

Asset allocation

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Q. I am a CSRS employee with 38 years of government service. So far, I have my funds spread over all of the funds: 45 percent in G and 30 percent in F. Is this wise considering I intend to retire in fiscal year 2013? Also, is it wise to take funds from my Thrift Savings Plan and just pay off one of my two mortgages? The mortgage rates are 4.5 percent and 5 percent. I’d like to pay off the 5 percent mortgage, which is about $150,000. Is this wise? If not, why not? A. Your asset allocation makes no sense.…

Pay off refinanced mortgage or max out Roth TSP?

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Q. I’m a 45-year-old reservist who has been recalled to active duty. I’m also an E-6 with more than 18 years of service. I can afford to invest my entire pay, including incentive pays, and wondered if it would be better to pay off an existing mortgage, approximately $60,000, just refinanced last month at 3.5 percent and a 15-year term? Or would it be better to max out the Roth TSP and set up another deferred account or IRA of some sort? My wife makes about $55,000 per year. A. It’s impossible to say what’s best for you without the…

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