Ask The Experts: Money Matters

By Mike Miles

RMD and beneficiaries

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Q. If I leave the Thrift Savings Plan funds in TSP after I retire, I assume I am required to take required minimum distributions. Is this correct? If I leave the funds there and name trusts as beneficiaries, can a beneficiary then move the funds to an inherited stretch IRA after I die?

A. Your TSP account is subject to RMD requirements once you reach age 70½ and are separated from federal employment. There is no simple, universal answer to your trust beneficiary question. It depends upon the trust, and you should consult an estate planning attorney before going down this path.

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