Q. I have recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service under CSRS. I had been contributing the maximum amount toward my TSP. When I left, I received my balance of annual leave in a lump payment. I am rolling my TSP over to a Fidelity account to have more choices with regard to withdrawal options. Since the money from annual leave pay is treated as earnings, can I place some of it in the IRA account?
Q. I’m a current CSRS employee considering retirement after 34 years of service. With a $300,000 balance in my TSP account, I’m currently risk adverse and for the past two years been in the L Income Fund. I have read many of the questions about investing and found a familiar reply below. “I suggest that you invest your TSP balance in the L Fund that most closely corresponds to your life expectancy.” I am 61 years of age and hopefully will live until my early 80s. Isn’t the L2030 fund too risky for someone of my age?
Q. Will I continue to receive my supplement from the Office of Personnel Management until I reach 66½, at which time I would file for full Social Security benefit, rather than 62? Or does it stop automatically at 62? I want to hold off applying. I transferred from CSRS to FERS midway through my career and fall under WEP.
Q. I am a CSRS annuitant, having worked and paid into retirement for 34 years and retired now for six years, drawing pension. My wife is a paid-up Social Security contributor, who just turned 62. Aside from the question of when she would choose to initiate Social Security benefits, we have a question: We have been advised by a financial planner that the Government Pension Offset rules will reduce any Social Security benefits she can claim by two-thirds of our CSRS pension from my career. It seems there would be no reduction of her Social Security, but only of any Social…
Q. I’m a CSRS retiree, age 66, and I want to withdraw a portion of my TSP savings to pay off a mortgage. Can I do this? If so, what are the tax implications or any future limitations that I may not be aware of?
Q. I currently work for the Department of the Army. I recently interviewed for a position with the Veterans Administration and was offered the position. When I transfer, will I retain my benefits such as TSP, leave (annual and sick), and others that I believe all fall under OPM?
Q. I am a CSRS retiree from the Department of the Army. My Social Security benefits are set at $40 a month and will not get any higher. My husband retired with New York state benefits. I am told I cannot receive half of his Social Security benefits if he passes away. Is that still true? If so, why?
Q. My wife is under CSRS Offset. She retired at age 61 and had her CSRS Offset benefit reduced last February when she turned 62; she turns 63 this month (January 2017). She has not applied for Social Security benefits. She is currently working at a job that is covered by Social Security. Her annual salary is $45,000. We don’t need the Social Security component of the CSRS Offset right now, approximately $800 per month. Is it to her advantage to apply for Social Security benefits now or should she wait until she turns 65? If she applies now, won’t her…