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Who might want to take advantage of it? Who might not?

Presented by Paul H. Risser

Do you have a Thrift Savings Plan account? Then you should know about an important new development. Starting in spring 2012, FERS and CSRS employees will be able to have two types of balances in their TSPs: a traditional (non-Roth) balance and a Roth balance. Service members will also eventually be able to have this option.1

Why is the Roth option such big news? For comparison, let’s use the example of the traditional IRA and the Roth IRA.

So now that the TSP is adding a Roth option, you have the choice of paying income taxes on either the front end or the back end of your retirement savings contributions. If you think that your federal income taxes will be higher in future years than they are today, you have an argument for boosting your Roth TSP balance.

Who would potentially benefit the most? As TSPs are portable, the Roth TSP option may be very appealing to…

If you are in one of these groups, the Roth TSP option may be worth a look.

And who wouldn’t? If you are not in one of the above groups, the Roth TSP option may not be so worthwhile. Here’s why: many federal employees retire to a lower income than his or her end salary, with correspondingly lower taxes. If your taxes are going to be lower when you retire, wouldn’t you rather pay the taxes on your retirement contributions tomorrow rather than today?3

A look at the fine print. Here are some key details to remember about the Roth TSP option:

The bottom line. Chat with the financial professional who helps you out with your TSP before you direct contributions to a Roth balance. You will want to spend some time thinking about your potential retirement income and whether federal income tax rates might rise or fall in the coming years relative to today. More information on the Roth TSP option may be found at www.tsp.gov.

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Paul Risser is an Investment Advisor Representative with and Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (TFA) member FINRA, SIPC and a Registered Investment Advisor. Non-Security products and services are not offered through TFA.

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  1. www.tsp.gov/whatsnew/roth/compareRoth.shtml [3/7/12]
  2. money.cnn.com/retirement/guide/IRA_Basics.moneymag/index2.htm [3/7/12]
  3. www.federaltimes.com/article/20120212/DEPARTMENTS01/202120301/ [2/12/12]
  4. www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/tsp-readying-investors-for-roth-alternative/2012/02/28/gIQA2lJ0gR_print.html [2/28/12]

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