Browsing: TSP withdrawal

Q. I plan to retire from federal service in about three years and start my TSP withdrawals then. My wife will continue working at that point; she has a 401(k)-like plan at her job that she contributes money to now. She also gets a fixed contribution from her employer, i.e., it does not depend on her contribution. Once I retire, should she continue contributing to her 401(k) or not? That is, she could keep contributing $X a year and I would end up taking $X more out of TSP.  Or, she could stop contributing and I would take $X less out…

Q. I am a single/divorced female, 58 years old, and I have 38 years of federal civilian service. I retired December 30, 2017, with a small outstanding TSP loan balance – less than $900. I have about $55,000 in my TSP. I had previously left the federal service (eight years ago) and used my TSP balance earlier in my career. When I reentered the federal civil service I reinvested in TSP and currently have a balance amount of $55,000. I’m considering requesting the full amount of my balance. Will I be penalized if I do not pay this small loan back…

Q. I turned 70 ½ years old in December 2017. I retired Jan 31, 2018. I am just in the process of applying to withdraw my first Required Minimum Distribution from my Thrift Savings Plan, and decide in a few months what to do with the rest of the money. How can I show that is my intention, if the form I am given to fill up is the TSP-70 (Request for Full Withdrawal)? Also, I have already done a one-time withdrawal in 2013 from my TSP account. Now that I am retired, after I am issued the first RMD,…

Q. I have the opportunity for a one-time lump-sum payment from the Thrift Savings Plan. I have not started taking an annuity from TSP. I am wondering what are the benefits or hazards of taking a one-time lump-sum withdrawal vs. starting taking an annuity? Taxes are great for one-time lump-sum withdrawal, but would it be as painful as just starting my annuity? When is it a good time to take a one-time lump-sum withdrawal? I am thinking of a one-time withdrawal and not starting my annuity until next year.

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