Voluntary contributions


Q: It seems to me that the CSRS voluntary contributions program is the undiscovered gem of the CSRS system. I have already heard that the VC program can be used as a way to beef up a Roth IRA. However, I think that in my case (age 67), retirement and use of the VC account for its intended purpose — to purchase additional annuity — is a very good deal, which according to my calculations would yield 8.46 percent for life (which includes a 10 percent reduction for my spouse survivor’s annuity, who is 65). Compare that rate to a Met Life annuity purchased from the TSP account, which is yielding in the 3 percent range, or even the G fund, which is paying about 3 percent. My questions: Am I correct in my VC annuity rate calculation of 8.46 percent? Is there any way to transfer TSP monies into a VC account?

A: First, your calculations are incorrect. The rate you realize will depend upon how long you live. Remember that when you purchase the annuity, you are giving up the principal. Second, I don’t believe that you can transfer TSP money into a VC account.


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Mike Miles is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and principal adviser for Variplan LLC, an independent fiduciary in Vienna, Virginia. Email your financial questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com and view his blog at money.federaltimes.com.

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  1. THe response does not make sense. According to the literature, at retirement each $100 in for VC account including accrued interest will provide an additonal $7 a year plus 20 cents for each full year you are over age 55 at the time you retire.

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