Q. I am retiring at the end of January 2016 with 32 years in the work force. I’m turning 55 in February 2016. Can I take a TSP loan out in January 2016, not pay it back, but pay the taxes? Does this still conserve my partial withdrawal option down the road? I was told I would have to take a partial withdrawal in the year I turn 55 to avoid the penalty, but if I do that, I eliminate the option later, and the amount I need would bump into a higher tax bracket. I’d ultimately like to take…
Q. What are tax and/or RMD consequences to a federal employee under FERS who is currently 70 1/2 years old and who does not plan to retire for 2-5 years, but is considering transferring a significant portion (three-quarters) of their TSP to a private insurance-company annuity? The annuity does qualify as an IRA. The federal employee does not plan to access the funds until retirement. Can the employee continue to work for federal government without taking an RMD or paying any taxes on the transfer?
Q. I am on CSRS,over 59 1/2 years old, and thinking of withdrawing my TSP and putting it in a personal account. If, for example, I have $50,000 to withdraw, and there is a 20% tax penalty, as I understand it, this means I receive $40,000. Now, is $50,000 added to my income for tax purposes, or is $40,000 added to it? If it is $50,000, can I include the 20 percent penalty as tax deducted from my income on my tax return?