By Mike Miles
February 11th, 2013 | Uncategorized
Q. I’m trying to understand why the Thrift Savings Plan calculator that allows “monthly” or “lifetime” projections automatically defaults to the required minimum distribution amount at age 70½ when my (expected) withdrawals are more than the Internal Revenue Service RMD limit. Which takes precedence: the IRS RMD which produces a significantly smaller amount of TSP payout, or the amount I wish to take out?
A. You must take at least the RMD amount each year to avoid a substantial penalty.