VCP to Roth IRA after retirement


Q. I retired in April 2008 and took a lump-sum distribution from my Voluntary Contribution Plan, with the interest going into my Thrift Savings Plan and the principal amount going into my money market fund. Is it still possible to take the entire VCP principal amount and put it into a Roth IRA four years after retirement? When I attended various CSRS federal retirement seminars in 2007 and 2008, I was never informed of the option to transfer the principal amount to a Roth IRA.

A. This is not possible.


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  1. This is all good advice. Obviously, financial planning is key to a fulfilling retirement. But I want to call to the attention of baby boomers and anyone planning retirement or recently retired that emotional planning is important too. Going from a full time job to no job may seem ideal, but it is an enormous and difficult adjustment. Too many retired people end up feeling useless, with no purpose. Many suffer from episodic depression as a result, making what could be the best time of their lives, the worst time. Prepare yourself by finding a passion to pursue during retirement.

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