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Federal Thrift Savings Plan
Last Post 12 Mar 2021 05:26 AM by mkelly. 5 Replies.
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28 Nov 2011 10:04 AM
    Can someone tell me if the Coast Guard matches contributions to the Federal Thrift Savings Plan and, if so, what the percentage level of that match is (like, the first 2% or 4%?). Thanks......my son is a new E3 assigned to  WHEC 723.
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    28 Nov 2011 10:26 AM
    They do not match contributions.
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    28 Nov 2011 11:14 AM
    Unsolicited financial advice follows.

    As an E-3 and actually up to about O-3 it is actually better to put money into a Roth IRA than TSP. TSP does take the money out pre-tax but at that pay level your taxes are going to be minimal anyway so it doesn't really help you out that much plus you will have to pay taxes on the money when you take it out years later. The Roth IRA is tax free when you take it out at retirement.

    My advice is to always max out a Roth IRA and if you still want to save more then contribute to TSP. When you get into a really high tax bracket then use the TSP to your advantage.

    WIth that said, any investment is better than none.
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    28 Nov 2011 11:58 AM

    Thanks everyone, especially sardaddy. The reason I wanted to know about any match was to see if FSP had any advantages for an E3 over a Roth. I will most likely advise my son to open a Roth through USAA.........

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    10 Mar 2021 08:59 AM
    This should be a main Q&A on the forum. Moderators - any thoughts on adding a retirement planning section for coasties?
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    12 Mar 2021 05:26 AM
    And an update in case anybody was reading this thread from 2011....The Coast Guard does match TSP contributions as part of the new retirement plan.
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