In The Know






Agenda on SAC Page
The 42th annual meeting of the South Atlantic Conference will be held

January 26-28, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1325 Virginia Avenue
in Atlanta, Georgia. Room rates are $99 plus tax, parking included.
 There will be a $14 parking fee for those staying off-site. Also each room will be charged a fee
of $50.00 when checking in. You will get the $50.00 credit back after you check out.
You can contact the Crowne Plaza directly at 1-888-233-9527, ask for the SAC rate.
The cutoff date for reservations is December 31, 2018. The room block is now open for
reservations. Last year it was filled by December first. I encourage you to go ahead and make
your reservations if you plan on going.
Our goal is to provide the membership with as much of the latest information possible
concerning our craft. We provide this information through seminars, invited speakers
from craft and management and Q&A. These conferences also provide you the best opportunity
to spend time with your National Officers.  The conference will adjourn no later than 12:00 PM
on Monday.
Again, if you have a topic that you wish to learn more about contact me or Rebekah and let
 us know. We will do our best to try and cover it.
Kim Harrell

TSP Facts

When will Form 1099-R be available and where can I find it on
For participants who received a withdrawal or other taxable distribution during the calendar year,
1099-Rs are mailed by January 31 each year, and electronic versions are available on the first week of February in My Account under “Statements.”

Catch Up Contributions
If you’re an active participant of a certain age, then consider this unique
opportunity to boost your TSP savings with “catch-up contributions.”
What are catch-up contributions?
Catch-up contributions allow you to save more in your TSP account than
the maximum amount allowed by the IRS through regular contributions.
You can make your first catch-up contribution starting in January of
the year you turn 50. Your catch-up contributions come from basic pay
through payroll deductions and you can designate them as traditional (pretax)
and/or Roth (after-tax). Who is eligible to make
catch-up contributions? In addition to meeting the age requirement, you must be
• an active federal employee and in pay status; and
• making regular contributions to a civilian or uniformed services TSP account (or both), and/or
an equivalent employer plan that will equal the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 2018 maximum
elective deferral limit of $18,500.* You must be on track to reach the full elective deferral
limit by the end of the year while

 Rate Increase Approved
The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator on Tuesday approved the largest-ever price increase
for the cost of a stamp, cementing a 10 percent spike to bring the price tag for sending a
letter to 55 cents.
The Postal Regulatory Commission approved the jump after determining the Postal Service’s
proposal complied with requirements, such as ensuring any price surge is not more
than inflation. Prices will increase across the agency’s offerings by an average of 2.5 percent,
the inflationary cap.
Individual offerings, such as the stamp for regular, first-class mail, will outpace that rate.
Packages sent as Priority Mail will see costs rise by 5.9 percent, while Priority Mail Express
will have 3.9 percent higher rates. The new prices will go into effect Jan. 27.








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