Browsing: thrift savings plan

Figuring out required minimum distributions


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…

Ready to cash out my TSP: How do I do it?


Q: I have looked all over the Thrift Savings Plan website and cannot find the button to push that says I am retiring and want to start collecting my money. I am almost 62 and intend to retire in 191 days. I have figured out that I want to begin receiving my money on a monthly basis and can only change that election once a year. The online calculator tells me that amount is good for 60 years and four months. It does not tell me how far off the minimum distribution I am. But where is the button? A:…

TSP withdrawal into an IRA


Q: I’m currently contributing to the 2050L fund of the Thrift Savings Plan. Is it possible to transfer my TSP funds to a Roth individual retirement account without getting penalized?  I don’t want to touch the money, I just want to invest in precious metals instead of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. A: If you are age 59 1/2 or older, you may take one age-based in-service withdrawal from your TSP account. Check with a CPA (ideally, the one who will be preparing your tax return for the year) for advice on converting it to a Roth IRA.

Using TSP money for VCP


Q: As I understand the Voluntary Contribution Plan, eligible employees can start making deposits at any time prior to retirement. At retirement, they can choose to withdraw the funds or purchase a VCP annuity.  Am I correct that after age 59 1/2, I can make a taxable withdrawal from my Thrift Savings Plan and deposit that money into the VCP to be used to purchase a VCP annuity upon retirement? A: Yes. The VCP doesn’t care where you get the money to make the deposit, as long as it is after-tax money.

Making changes to TSP


Q: I’m a Federal Employees Retirement System employee and will retire at age 64. I will opt for monthly payments from my Thrift Savings Plan. I know I can change the amount yearly, but can I also change the plan in which the funds are invested? A: You may change your investment allocation in the TSP as you see fit, within the usual limits, for as long as you maintain the account.

Changing to TSP annuity 4 years into retirement?


Q: When I retire at age 56, can I take monthly payments until age 60 and then convert part of my Thrift Savings Plan balance to an annuity? Interest rates are at all-time lows, but in four years, with a potential rate increase and me reaching age 60, my monthly annuity payment would be higher than what I could get now. A: Once you begin monthly payments, your only options are to change the payment amount once each year or request the distribution of your remaining account balance. Purchasing a TSP annuity is not an option at that point. You…



Q: I am 47 and recently retired from active duty because of a 100-percent disability. In a nutshell, my financial sitrep: Roth IRA $60K; Uniformed service TSP $38K; debt $450K (house $400K, Credit Card $29K, Cars $21K), retirement and disability income is $6K per month; one spouse; no children. I am considering rolling the Roth IRA into the TSP and taking a partial withdrawal of $50K to pay off credit card and car loans. We’ve cut back but make little headway against the credit card. I am expected to live another 20-30 years but am unemployable per the Veterans Affairs…

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