Author Mike Miles

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.

Q. I plan to retire in 2019 at age 62 with $1.3 million in my Thrift Savings Plan. I am thinking that I will withdraw from the TSP more heavily in my first 8 years of retirement and wait until 70 to collect Social Security, because of the guaranteed 8 percent return rate. But I realize Social Security benefits may decrease or be limited in the future. And, obviously, if I die sooner rather than later, my survivors take a hit and the government doesn’t pay anything. Thoughts?

Q. I am a federal employee (6+ years of service) making contributions into a TSP account. I plan on retiring from government service in December 2020. I also have funds in other IRAs. This year I turn 70 ½ years old. Can I still make contributions into my TSP account while I receive required minimum distribution money? Can I take in-service distribution not RMDs?

Q. I will be 58 years old on Nov. 9, 2018. I retired from government service in December 2017 after 30 years and 4 months of service. I at 57 and have heard that I can possibly begin withdrawals without a 10 percent tax penalty due to this fact. I need verification of this, and I also need a wise withdrawal strategy to make my TSP money last the life of my current retirement, although I plan to try to go back to work maybe part-time by Spring 2019.

Q. I was recently hired as a GS employee and have a good amount of prior military time. I am in the process of saving up for the military buyback. I have money in a an IRA which I am no longer putting funds, due in part to the fact I am investing heavily in my TSP. Can I use the money in my IRA towards my military buyback?

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