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Posted on Friday, 14th January 2022 by Dennis Damp

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Federal annuitants receive their updated Annuity Statement, with the COLA increase added, early January. Our 1099R Tax Forms typically aren’t available until the end of January by regular mail. Registered users of OPM’s Retirement Services Website can download their Annuity Statement and 1099R forms NOW! CIVIL SERVICE ANNUITY STATEMENTS OPM sends out updated annuity statements […]

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Posted on Friday, 17th December 2021 by Dennis Damp

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My previous article, “Required Minimum Distributions (RMDS) – Are Your Ready,” received considerable interest. I stated, “Many are confused by the Required Minimum Distribution (RDM) requirement for ROTH accounts and how this works. According to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the entire account balance, Traditional and ROTH, on December 31st of each year is used […]

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Posted on Friday, 10th December 2021 by Dennis Damp

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The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requires that you begin receiving distributions from your account in the calendar year you become age 72 and are separated from federal service. Your entire TSP account—both traditional and Roth—is subject to these required minimum distributions (RMDs). The TSP calculates RMDs using your age, your prior year-end account balance, and […]

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Posted on Friday, 3rd December 2021 by Dennis Damp

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I’ve written a number of articles over the years on conservative investment strategies and often mentioned just how attractive I Savings Bonds are. A great overall investment; anyone purchasing I bonds between last November though next April will earn an astonishing 7.12% on their investment the first 6 months they own them. The rate changes […]

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Posted on Saturday, 27th November 2021 by Dennis Damp

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“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause.” Prescription drug copays under Aetna’s Medicare Plans remain the same regardless of whether or not you enter the Part D prescription drug gap. This includes all three of their plans: Self Only (Z24), Self + 1 (Z26), Self and Family (Z25). I talked to a number of Aetna […]

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Posted on Saturday, 20th November 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Updated 11/27/2021 My recent article titled “GEHA Standard to BCBS Basic Plan Comparison – 2022” stated that Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Medicare Advantage (MA) plans could possibly save you even more. These plans were introduced as new options in the FEHB program over the past several year. Many federal employees and annuitants are curious […]

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Posted on Friday, 19th November 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Transitory inflation is a myth that is unsustainable. Yes, the COLA this year was 5.9%; since it was announced, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported prices climbed 6.2% year-over-year, the largest increase since November 1990. Everything we buy or the services we use with few exceptions are increasing at an alarming rate. Medicare premiums were […]

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Posted on Thursday, 18th November 2021 by Shawn McCoy

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With the Federal Open Season this is a great time to review a benefit that is not widely used by Federal employees, the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS). The first question most Feder employees ask is “What is the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS)?” FSAFEDS allows federal employees to save money for health […]

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