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Posted on Saturday, 18th May 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Those approaching age 70 ½ and older are often perplexed about their Thrift Savings Plan RMD withdrawal options and how to efficiently manage the transaction’s proceeds. Some of the concerns are your TSP balance decreases with each withdrawal, annual income and taxes increase, and the earned income potential vanishes for the cash you now have […]

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Posted on Friday, 10th May 2019 by Dennis Damp

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I have two short updates to cover before starting Trust but Verify. First, Joe wrote after reading It’s Time to Get Real that you need to check your individual state’s document requirements when applying for the new REAL ID. Your State may require different forms of ID and residency documentation than what Pennsylvania requires. He […]

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Posted on Saturday, 27th April 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Most sign up long before age 70 for a myriad of reasons. I decided long ago that I would defer my benefit until I absolutely had to apply. Next month I start collecting Social Security at age 70 and can’t believe the time has come so quickly, yet I look forward to reaching this milestone. […]

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Posted on Monday, 4th March 2019 by Dennis Damp

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The TSP currently requires that you make a full withdrawal election after you turn 70½ if you haven’t initiated any of the withdrawal options and have separated from federal service. If you fail to do that, the TSP initiates an account “abandonment” process. Fortunately, the new law passed in late 2017 establishes more flexible withdrawal […]

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Posted on Sunday, 24th February 2019 by Dennis Damp

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The President signed a spending bill fully funding the federal government through September of this year. The bill authorized a 1.9% pay raise for federal employees. It will take time for all of the agencies to load the updated tables into their system and we will post the new 2019 pay tables as soon as […]

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Posted on Saturday, 19th January 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Normally, federal annuitants don’t received their 1099R Tax Forms by regular mail until the end of January or the beginning of February. If you are registered to use OPM’s Retirement Services Website your 1099R is now available for download. I visited the site on January 16, 2019 and was able to download my copy that […]

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Posted on Friday, 11th January 2019 by Dennis Damp

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OPM sent out a notice of annuity adjustment in late December to all annuitants and survivor annuitants. I received mine on December 22. This document, the first for 2019, includes your new monthly payment resulting from our recent 2.8% COLA Adjustment. There’s a lot of important information included on this form and I keep them […]

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Posted on Friday, 4th January 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Many retirees and survivor annuitants call OPM to change direct deposit information and become frustrated because they can’t get through, their line is busy most of the time. OPM services 2,113,414 federal annuitants, 523,737 survivor annuitants plus postal service retirees as well. It is easy to change monthly annuity payments from one financial institution to […]

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