When is your best date(s) to retire?

What’s the best date for you to retire? The obvious answer. It depends. On when you are ready, when you can afford to retire, what you are planning next, when will you need to tap your TSP account: Right after retirement or 10 years later.

But some dates never change. There are advantages for some in retiring the last day of the month. Or at the end of a pay period. For many people, especially those who want to go out at the end of the year, or the beginning of the new year, either on Dec. 31 in some cases, or Jan. 1, 2 or 3 in others.

So how do you know? Tune in to our Your Turn radio show. Our solo guest is Tammy Flanagan —some would say the federal benefits expert. She also uncovered the “best dates” formula years ago. And she has updated it for 2016-17 for you. Just in case. That’s today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., right here on Federal News Radio or, in the D.C. area, on 1500 AM. You can also dial 712-432-5393 to listen live from any phone.


Your Turn with Mike Causey


Learn about everything from pay, benefits and retirement, to buyouts, COLAs and pay freezes. Call the show live Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at 202-465-3080 with your questions. Dial 605-562-0264 to listen live from any phone. Follow Mike on Twitter and send him an email with your questions and comments. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Podcast One.