Q. If I borrowed money in 2018 but retired in 2019, to what year would the taxable distribution be allocated to? If this money will eventually be taxed anyway, what’s the difference with getting taxed now at the 20 percent or later at a similar rate?
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. When I retire I would like to pull money from my TSP (partial lump) to pay back a redeposit owed to my FERS. Can that be done and, if so, is the money taxed or suffer any other penalty? I will be 59 and 4 months upon my retirement Dec. 31, 2019. The redeposit is due 6 months prior to my retirement date. The amount I am paying back is $25,000.
Q. I’m retired and I wanted to rollover a 403(b) from a previous employer to my TSP. The problem is that the 403(b) does not sent a completed TSP-60 with the check. This has happened twice. I receive a letter from the TSP that they will hold the check for 15 days before sending it back to the sender. I know that there is a certain amount of time for having a tax-free transfer but I’m tired of this BS from both companies. Should I just request a full withdrawal from the 403(b) and deal with the taxes?
Q. I am considering taking a loan from my TSP to buy a car. I understand that if I retire before repaying the loan, the remaining amount will be declared a taxable distribution. I am old enough that when I retire I will have to take a minimum required distribution from my TSP each year. If the loan balance is declared a taxable distribution, will that amount count toward my minimum taxable distribution for that year?
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…
Q. Do you know what the federal withholding tax percentage is these days? I’ve heard it used to be 25 percent, but with the tax cuts in 2018 is it now lower? I’m retiring on 12/31/18 and trying to guesstimate how much will be taken out of my annual leave lump sum payment, which will be for 388 hours of leave. Is the withholding percentage determined independently by each federal agency?
Q. I am 59 and retired in 2015 at 57 from a federal law enforcement position. I started a consulting LLC in Texas in 2018 and do not take regular draws from the company account. I am currently receiving Social Security supplement along with my pension. Do the gross earnings of my LLC count toward the earnings test even when I do not take a draw equal to or greater than the earnings limit set for the current year 2018? Or, if I take a draw and maintain that amount under the limit, would any remaining funds in the LLC…
Q. I am a federal employee with a TSP (Traditional). In addition, I currently own a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, while my wife owns a Roth IRA. This year, it looks like our combined income (MAGI) will likely exceed the threshold for the standard approach to contribute to our Roth IRAs. I have seen strategies to use the backdoor approach, but it will require smartly transferring my traditional IRA to TSP to avoid a large conversion taxes. My traditional IRA has a nondeductible basis of $12,000 and $78,000 of earnings. As I understand from research, I could transfer the $78,000…