Q. When I left the government for six years I pulled out my retirement under CSRS. I since have returned back to the government for the last 17 years. Since I was taxed on it when I pulled it out, can I report it on my taxes as paying back into my retirement?
Q. What does Social Security consider substantial earnings? It says if you have more than 30 years of substantial earnings, the windfall elimination doesn’t apply. I have 32 years of taxed Social Security earnings and 37 years of taxed Medicare earnings, but I am not sure what substantial is.
Q. I am CSRS Offset. I withdrew my retirement funds years ago, and need to make a redeposit. I want to move money from my individual 401(k) to the Office of Personnel Management to make the redeposit. Will OPM report it to the IRS as a rollover, or will it be taxed as if I never re-deposited it?
Q. Theoretical case: If a retiree has a $10,000 per year SRS benefit then works part-time earning $40,000 per year, can the retiree place all or most of post retirement earnings into employers tax-deferred account, therefore not impacting SRS earnings test? The desired result would be to not have any earnings or insignificant earnings, thereby retaining $10,000 per year SRS benefit while also generating $40,000 tax-deferred account. I think the IRS annual deferral limit is approximately $54,000. Thoughts?
Q. I retired as an air traffic controller in 2013 with 28 years of service at the age of 48. I am looking at my options for TSP withdrawal. I am now 52 years old. Am I still limited to the Life Expectancy method or have the new rules changed options for me?
Q. I’m eligible to retire March 2018. I will have FERS, 35-plus years and I’m age 56. Also, I will have an outstanding TSP loan (two years to pay it off). Would I have to pay it off or will it be a write-off with a penalty tax?
Q. I am a FERS employee and plan to retire next year when I turn 58 (with 33 years of service). I have a healthy TSP balance (approximately $1 million). I am married, and my husband will be in the workforce for at least eight more years. Upon retirement, I may withdraw 100 percent of the TSP funds and pay tax on it all next year. I would like to use the balance to pay off a mortgage on two rental homes I own with my husband ($330,000) and put aside another $100,000 in liquid cash for education for my…
Q. I have an outstanding balance of $24,000, and I’m retiring Sept 30. I’m told I will have to repay the loan within 90 days, or it will be treated as a disbursement. Will I have the option of asking it to be declared, say, Nov. 1? I want to keep it in this tax year and make estimated tax payments now.
Q. I quit civil service in 1986 after 15 years. I took out my money and put it in an IRA. When I cashed in my IRA, I had to pay taxes to the IRS, which I didn’t think I had to do. I’m now applying for Social Security. Will my Social Security benefit be reduced?