Q. Does contributing to the Roth TSP affect my Roth IRA annual contribution limits? Can I submit up to the limits of both in the same year ($18,500/year Roth TSP and $5,500/year Roth IRA) if I have a Roth IRA account in addition to my Thrift Savings Plan account?
Author Mike Miles
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 noticed you always say employees should place their money in the L Fund that most closely corresponds to their life expectancy. However, on the TSP website shows you should invest in the L Fund that most closely corresponds to when you will withdraw the money. Can you elaborate on this issue?
Q. What is the difference between a Roth TSP and a Traditional TSP? I was listening to a person yesterday and she says to place your funds in a Roth TSP so you don’t suffer the penalty at withdrawal. The only problem, she says, is you have to leave them in the Roth TSP for five years. Please clarify.
Q. I am 48 years old and I want to get better gains on my retirement funds. I wanted to invest a percentage in the F fund and C fund. I’m not sure of the percentages and how good of a time it is to invest. Please advise.
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?