Can I Contribute to an IRA if I'm Fully Funding My TSP Account?

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By on April 13, 2016 in Q&A, Retirement with 16 Comments

Q.  I’ve been told that I cannot contribute to an IRA for either 2015 or 2016 if I’m fully funding my TSP account; is that true?

A.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Even if you are contributing the full $18,000 (plus another $6,000 if you turned 50 in 2015), you can contribute $5,500 to an IRA (plus another $1,000 if you turned 50 in 2015).  You still have until April 18, 2016 to contribute to an IRA for 2015.  Information on IRA contributions can be found in IRS publication 590-A.

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John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.