Q. I retired in 2018, on Dec. 31, off the books with a buy out. I am 73 and have already been taking the required minimum distributions from a couple of other IRAs. I know I will be required to set up distributions or something with the TSP in and for 2019. Because I retired in 2018 and because I am 73, do I need to take a TSP distribution for the 2018 year before a point in April? And if yes, will that need to be reported as income for 2018 or income for 2019?
Q. I plan to retire at my MRA, which is 57 with 30 years of service. I plan to start withdrawals of my TSP to supplement my FERS retirement and FERS supplement at that time. Will my TSP withdrawals be subject to an earnings test and impact the amount I receive for my FERS supplement?
Q. I’m currently 31 and have 8 ½ years of government service. I’d like to retire as soon as possible, so what is the most practical course of action if you were in my shoes? Working to MRA of 57 (37 years of service), assuming the annuity is enough to support me in retirement, or waiting until 59 ½ to be able to collect the annuity and TSP payments? Or resigning at an earlier age?
Q. I am a federal employee under CSRS, eligible to retire with max benefits in 2024 (41 years and 11 months) at the age of 60. My TSP distribution is 50 percent L 2020, 15 percent C fund, 15 percent S and 15 percent I funds. At the close of 2018 my balance was $340,295, which reflects a loss of $47,753. Should I move everything to the L Fund?
Q. I worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier from December 1984 to April 1990. I don’t think I withdrew any of my money from retirement, and now I want to. Also, I participated in the Thrift Savings Plan and I want to withdraw my money from it, too. How do I do this?
Q. I’m 52 years old, with 33 years of service. If I’m offered VERA with a $25,000 bonus, can I immediately apply for the Social Security Supplement at the age of 52? Can I start the annuity from my Thrift Savings Plan at the age of 52? I want to make sure I have sufficient funds to live off of, if I’m not immediately employed by someone.
Q. I am permanently, totally disabled from my doctor after neck surgery. I am FERS, starting in 1990. I retired from the U.S. Postal Service on disability retirement on 1-1-2017. I am thinking of withdrawing $1,000 a month from my TSP on a full payout. Will this affect my Social Security I am receiving, or affect my pension? Do TSP withdrawals affect disability retirement pay in any way?
Q. If I take the VERA at age 55, can I roll my Fidelity IRA into my TSP and take monthly payments for all of it starting at 55 without the 10 percent penalty? Also, what is the time lag typically from retirement to get your first FERS annuity payment and TSP monthly payment? In other words, how long would I be out of pocket when I retire until those payments kick in?
Q. I began federal civil service 10/22/1983 and retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture 5/13/2013 on an “early out” offer. For my nearly 30 years of service, I never left CSRS, paid Social Security, and qualified fully for CSRS Benefits at my retirement. I did, however, participate in the employee-only [no match from my agency] paid deduction that was an “option” for CSRS to build a THRIFT Saving Program that currently has an approximate current value of $235,000. I retired early and have been receiving monthly retirement benefits since 5/13/2013 [and thus a substantially reduced monthly benefit, but at my…