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?
Q. I am 38 years old with nine years of federal service and approximately $100,000 in my TSP. I am considering leaving the federal government within the next year and I am not exactly clear on what my options are. I understand that I can either leave the money in the TSP or withdraw it, but my wife and I intend to move back home to southeast Virginia. I have been considering taking approximately $20,000 and putting it toward a down payment on a house and putting the balance in a Vanguard IRA. I don’t know if this is this…
Q. My RMD for 2016 was withdrawn March 2017 and my RMD for 2017 was withdrawn in April and December 2017. My 1099-R reports the total of the RMDs with no distinction for how much was for 2016 and for 2017. Am I supposed to use Form 8606 for the TSP RMD? Form 8606 asks for the value of the IRA on Dec. 31, but I have two values (one for 2016 and one for 2017). Also, if TSP is not an IRA, what is it? Is there another form to put this info?
Q. I’ve settled a case against the government and would like to apply some of the proceeds into my TSP account. I’m over 50. Other than making a “make up” contribution, can I use 415c to make an additional annual contribution that is the difference between $54,000 less my elective deferral, matching contributions, etc?
Q. I am a retired FERS employee. I do not have a TSP, but do have other IRA accounts. Since FERS is a qualified plan, is there a required minimum distribution requirement associated with my FERS retirement?
Q. I receive a CSRS annuity only, I don’t have any other investments, i.e. TSP, IRAs or anything close. I turned 70 1/2 in 2017 and the required minimum distributions requirement is confusing. From what I’ve read the past couple of days, it appears that I don’t require any RMD for my situation. Can you clarify?
Q. With the new tax law regulations making it not as beneficial to donate to charity due to not as many people itemizing their deductions, is it possible to directly move money from the TSP to a charity to avoid the tax and enhance the gift to the charity?
Q. I just opened a new Roth IRA because I thought I could rollover my TSP Roth funds to it. Now I am being told I cannot. I am retiring at the end of March and was hoping to have this resolved and only keep the traditional money in the TSP. Is this possible to do and, if so, how (forms?), etc?
Q. I know with a traditional IRA if I don’t take my required minimum distributions by 12/31 of the calendar year I turn 70 1/2, I am subject to a steep penalty. However, in reviewing the TSP information, it seems like I can wait until April 1 of the following year, without penalty. Do I understand that right?