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    I'm going to keep the bulk of my money in TSP...just need to determine (1) how much to take out for the partial withdrawal (2) whether to open new account or use existing IRA with broker and (3) when to start monthly payments. Once I start the monthly payments based on life expectancy I'm locked in with that method until age 59.5--same rules apply with TSP or IRA. The only benefit of IRA is frequency of payments (could be quarterly, semiannual or annual vs monthly) as calculated annual amount is the same. It is just simpler doing it with TSP, not having to worry any fees or the calculation being in accordance with IRA rules.

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    Update:
    Partial Withdrawal: Back in October, I withdrew approximately 30% of my account as a direct transfer to an IRA. Total process took a few weeks. Faxed TSP Form 77 ~ mid October, Online Message in TSP account indicated they received request, they were reviewing and it gave me option to cancel for about 3 days, another message indicated when they would disperse the funds, actual withdrawal was October 25, a check was sent by mail to designated address (wish they would use electronic funds transfer); it arrived November 1st.

    I plan to eventually converting IRA to Roth over time. Last September I converted an old IRA to my Roth IRA.

    Full Withdrawal based on life expectancy. Faxed TSP form 70 on 29 December. It was rejected 5 January. I used a gel pen to sign/date when I got it notarizedÖnever use a gel pen on any TSP form. They interpreted 1 in 2017 to be a 0 due to light trace from the gel pen and the side of the little boxes. The Notaryís date was very clear (no boxes).
    Rejected Full Withdrawal Request.
    Your full withdrawal request was rejected during processing. An explanation has been sent to you at your address of record.
    I went over existing 1 and 7 with a different pen and faxed again on Monday 1/8 and followed up several times this week. Thursday night status:
    Pending Full Withdrawal Request submitted 01/11/2018.
    You have a pending full withdrawal request (View Withdrawal Request) that should be effective as of close of business 01/12/2018. You may cancel this request until 12:00 noon, Eastern time, that day.
    Based on numerous calls to TSP, I am convinced that TSP goes out of their way to discourage you from withdrawing any of your money. It is about 50/50 on getting good/bad information from the person answering the phone. My pet peeve is they have to verify everything in the summary information included on each TSP form prior to answering any question regarding your account.

    Luckily, I won't have to deal with them again for at least a few years once my monthly payments process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uscfanhawaii View Post
    If you like the TSP options, then you must also like the index funds that the TSP funds mimic. Bond Fund, S&P 500, Small Cap, Int'l Fund. Those are all available in outside IRAs and do not require high Brokerage Fees. My outside IRA funds are with Vanguard (and there are many others available too). Sure, you could use a broker to pick special stocks, or even use a Managed Fund that have higher fees. Point is....you CAN do that, but don't HAVE to. Together with the better withdrawal options that you recognize, you can see why the majority of retirees take everything out of TSP and move it to an outside IRA. It also explains why TSP has a big banner on it's home page, urging retirees to leave their funds in TSP and part of their big effort to convince people to stay.

    I wrote to TSP (maybe I should have written to the FRTIB directly) and told them that I thought they should be trying to help Fed workers to make the best decisions for the worker, and not just try to convince retirees to stay. To me that should be a fiduciary duty, not an advertising blitz. But their response was just that they could only do what was allowed by Congress, and altho changes were being proposed, they take a long time to be approved and put into action. So why don't they tell retirees to take their $$ out until the rules are more beneficial to the worker? But I did not respond to them....they seem to be missing the point.

    One other idea....take MOST out of TSP. Then, when (and if) they change the rules, put it back in. As long as you maintain a TSP account in retirement, you can transfer IRAs INTO the TSP. So do it when it becomes advantageous to do so.

    Just expressing SOME of my frustrations with TSP. I was SO EXCITED when I first heard that TSP would be instituting a Roth option. Then I was SO DISAPPOINTED when I found out the rules that were put in place restricting the Roth Option. All my Roth $$ are in an outside IRA. None in TSP.
    uscfanhawaii,
    I realize this is an older post, but that brings up an interesting point about taking TSP funds that were previously transferred to an outside IRA, and rolling them back into TSP. Of course, there's no readily available information on that option on the TSP site.
    But, with their (the TSP board) biggest concern being the mass exodus of retiree's money out of TSP, you'd think they would open up a "reverse rollover" option.
    I know I have a qualifying situation with some current investments in a company that will sell in the not too distant future. I currently receive monthly interest payments on my investment at a rate of 12% annually. When the company sells I will, as a limited partner, also receive a dividend based on the percentage my investment represented in relation to the initial valuation of the company at startup. The initial value of the company based on the total amount of investments required for startup was $2.1 million. The last offer we received from an outside investor, and rejected, was $19.2 million. The business has had an average growth rate in sales of 21% per year over the past 6 years. Our best year was 2017 with a growth in sales and clients of 24%. So, we continue to grow exponentially with each passing year. From my discussions over coffee with the CEO recently I'm guessing we're looking for an offer in excess of $25 million before he'll even consider entertaining a sell offer. That's roughly an 1190% increase in the value of the company since startup.
    Point being I'm going to have a large chunk of money I have to invest somewhere. And I have no intentions of remaining the current company (Equity Trust) that manages my IRA that's channel to this investment. They suck in every category as a financial institution.
    But, they're a necessary evil due to the way the investments are structured.
    I would love to roll at least part of that IRA back into TSP with the rest going into an outside IRA with another, more reliable financial institution.
    You'd think FRTIB would open up a re-investment option to draw more money from current participants back into TSP.

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    Default Re: Retired FERS-VERA/VSIP Considering 72(t) TSP Withdrawal Options

    RazorCat,

    You can rollover traditional IRA back into TSP with TSP Form 60. See https://www.tsp.gov/PlanParticipatio...s/methods.html You may have to transfer it all into a tIRA and then transfer a portion back to TSP. Once they implement TSP Modernization Act, I'm hoping I can do a 2nd partial rollover to a tIRA in a few years to reduce life expectancy payments for a few years with intent of transferring it all back in after I turn 59.5. This would be allowable based on IRS rules so it should be permitted in TSP when they modernize.

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    Another Option that would be really nice is if they allowed you to do conversions to Roth within TSP. All that would be required is that they transfer given amount from traditional to Roth and issue a tax form. Based on the proposed changes, and getting rid of the proportional rules and not requiring RMDs on the Roth portion, this would make perfect sense if they want us to keep more of our money in TSP but that may be asking too much

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    Default Re: Retired FERS-VERA/VSIP Considering 72(t) TSP Withdrawal Options

    Originally Posted by uscfanhawaii
    If you like the TSP options, then you must also like the index funds that the TSP funds mimic. Bond Fund, S&P 500, Small Cap, Int'l Fund. Those are all available in outside IRAs and do not require high Brokerage Fees. My outside IRA funds are with Vanguard (and there are many others available too). Sure, you could use a broker to pick special stocks, or even use a Managed Fund that have higher fees. Point is....you CAN do that, but don't HAVE to. Together with the better withdrawal options that you recognize, you can see why the majority of retirees take everything out of TSP and move it to an outside IRA. It also explains why TSP has a big banner on it's home page, urging retirees to leave their funds in TSP and part of their big effort to convince people to stay.

    I wrote to TSP (maybe I should have written to the FRTIB directly) and told them that I thought they should be trying to help Fed workers to make the best decisions for the worker, and not just try to convince retirees to stay. To me that should be a fiduciary duty, not an advertising blitz. But their response was just that they could only do what was allowed by Congress, and altho changes were being proposed, they take a long time to be approved and put into action. So why don't they tell retirees to take their $$ out until the rules are more beneficial to the worker? But I did not respond to them....they seem to be missing the point.

    One other idea....take MOST out of TSP. Then, when (and if) they change the rules, put it back in. As long as you maintain a TSP account in retirement, you can transfer IRAs INTO the TSP. So do it when it becomes advantageous to do so.

    Just expressing SOME of my frustrations with TSP. I was SO EXCITED when I first heard that TSP would be instituting a Roth option. Then I was SO DISAPPOINTED when I found out the rules that were put in place restricting the Roth Option. All my Roth $$ are in an outside IRA. None in TSP.


    Quote Originally Posted by RazorCat View Post
    uscfanhawaii,
    I realize this is an older post, but that brings up an interesting point about taking TSP funds that were previously transferred to an outside IRA, and rolling them back into TSP. Of course, there's no readily available information on that option on the TSP site.
    But, with their (the TSP board) biggest concern being the mass exodus of retiree's money out of TSP, you'd think they would open up a "reverse rollover" option.
    Razor,
    Thanks for digging up that old quote!
    With the new regs, it MAY be time to think about putting funds back in. As Anne said, there is a form for that. But FRTIB still has reluctance to embrace Roth. I think Anne is right....only traditional now. AND, if retired and took out ALL TSP Funds, that's it. Can't go back.

    As for Roth, I still recommend an outside IRA. But the new regs will be a step in the right direction. Will have to wait till the new regs come out to see how they implement the new law. Hope it doesn't take the whole 2 years that they were given. I retire the end of this year!
    There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who know binary, and those that don't!!
    Retirement date: December 31, 2018!!


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    Sorry if I got a little long winded in my post.
    But, thank you so much for clearing up the eligibility requirements for moving IRA funds back into TSP once a person has separated from government service. I honestly wasnít sure it was an option after retirement. Never thought to look under the Plan Participation page as I was looking over the publications concerning IRA transfers to TSP, and form TSP-60. Clear as mud as always. You almost need a shovel to dig deep enough on the TSP website to find clear, concise answers to simple questions.
    Iíll be moving the majority of my investment gains back into TSP, with about 25% going to a different outside self-directed IRA.
    Would love to hear TSPís reasoning behind not allowing Roth transfer. Iíve considered converting some money to an outside Roth, but really donít see an advantage at my age (60). My tax burden should remain constant, or lessen, as I go forward. Just have to re-adjust earned income slightly each year to keep taxes as low as possible.
    Thanks again for the information. Another reason I love this site. Itís a wealth of investing information.

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