Using TSP money for military buyback


Q. I am making payments to buy back my military deposit, and I will also be making a redeposit of FERS funds. Can I transfer funds from the Thrift Savings Plan to military buyback and FERS? After all, these are both accounts for retirement and not money I’d be using now.

A. This is not allowed since your TSP money is pretax and your deposits must be made with post-tax money.


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