Our Q&A section features questions that the FedSmith.com authors answer that our readers send to them. We share them here to help you with your federal career as well as planning for your retirement. We encourage you to send your questions to the authors for use in future posts.

What Forms Do I Need to Designate My TSP to My Children?

June 4, 2014 6:33 AM

What forms do I need to get to the TSP to set it up so that all that is in there will go to my children?

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Is Military Time Creditable Towards the FERS Multiplier?

June 3, 2014 4:32 AM

Does 3 years of Military Time that was “bought back”along with 17 years of civilian Federal Service count toward 20 years of creditable service making one eligible for a FERS 1.1% multiplier if that person retires after age 62?

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How Do You Calculate Your Social Security Supplement?

May 29, 2014 4:26 AM

How do you calculate your social security supplement?

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Social Security and CSRS Earnings

May 26, 2014 11:25 AM

In calculating the 35 highest earnings years for WEP and Social Security, indexed for inflation, does that include the earnings that a CSRS retiree earned while employed in their federal positions?

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Can the FERS Supplement for a Spouse be Lost?

May 21, 2014 3:48 PM

If an employee remains retired but the spouse works and makes more than 15k, does the FERS supplement drop out?

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Not Electing Medicare Part B to Cover Health Premiums

May 15, 2014 3:45 AM

A FedSmith.com user asks about his logic of not electing Medicare Part B to cover the cost of co-pays.

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Government Matching in TSP When You Are Over 50

May 13, 2014 11:08 AM

If you are over age 50, does the maximum contribution you can make to the TSP change?

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How Are My Retirement Earnings Taxed?

May 11, 2014 1:21 PM

I retired from the Federal Government on 1/03/2013 and I need to know how my federal tax is calculated.

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Am I Legal?

May 10, 2014 5:51 PM

Am I legal? I am wondering about this because of what was stated in your article, Retired Reservists Can Legally “Double Dip”.

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Can I Do the Restrictive Spousal Benefit?

May 9, 2014 9:52 AM

Can you do the restrictive spousal benefit if you wait until full Social Security retirement age?

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