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Understanding Your FERS Retirement

When we talk about your FERS Retirement, we’re really talking about several different benefits. FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System) has three main components: Basic FERS Retirement Pension Social Security Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Your FERS pension and Social Security will...

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FERS Supplement

FERS Supplement

May 10, 2018
Special Benefit for Some FERS Who Retire Before Age 62 Have you heard about the FERS Supplement? It’s an important benefit for FERS planning to retire before age 62 – but it’s so unknown, it’s practically a secret. The FERS Supplement…
Military Buyback 101

Military Buyback 101

May 10, 2018
Military Buyback for Federal Retirement Getting ready for federal retirement? Could a military buyback towards your federal creditable service make sense for you? Lots of Federal Employees have had prior military service. When we talk about buying back military time…
Your High 3 Salary

Your High 3 Salary

May 10, 2018
Your High 3 Salary is an important part of your pension calculation for federal retirement.  Your High 3 Salary is the highest average basic pay you earned during any 3 consecutive years of Federal service. You should also know that…
Taxation of Federal Retirement Benefits

Taxation of Federal Retirement Benefits

May 10, 2018
How Will Your Federal Retirement Benefits Be Taxed? Many people simply forget – or perhaps just don’t understand the taxation of federal retirement benefits. Taxes will have a big impact on your federal retirement. And if you forget to factor…
Understanding Your FERS Retirement

Understanding Your FERS Retirement

May 10, 2018
When we talk about your FERS Retirement, we’re really talking about several different benefits. FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System) has three main components: Basic FERS Retirement Pension Social Security Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Your FERS pension and Social Security will…
Estate planning

Ep #61: Estate Planning

September 26, 2022
Listen to the Full Episode: Today Micah and Tammy tackle estate planning, a topic that impacts a lot of people, but that we don’t tend to want to review very often. Despite the common reluctance, there are important details that…
Pros and Cons of Federal Retirement

Ep #60: Pros and Cons of Federal Employment

September 12, 2022
Listen to the Full Episode: Misdirected advice can often be the most costly advice. So when we get advice, it’s important to hit pause to make sure it makes sense for you. If you’re in a place where you’re weighing…
You Ask, We Answer

Ep #59: You Ask, We Answer

August 29, 2022
Listen to the Full Episode: Christian Sakamoto joins the show again today to help answer some of the top questions we get from people who want to make sure they’re on track for retirement. He will help tackle common misconceptions…
Roth Conversion Options

Ep #58: Roth Conversion Options

August 15, 2022
Listen to the Full Episode: Have you noticed that the markets are down? Did you know there are some key opportunities to look into when this happens? Well, it just so happens that a phenomenal financial advisor, Christian Sakamoto, is…
The Myths Before Retirement

Ep #57: The Myths Before Retirement

August 1, 2022
Listen to the Full Episode: Sometimes there are misconceptions we have that lead to big mistakes before retirement—and they all stem from one main problem. In this episode, Micah and Tammy discuss some of the biggest pre-retirement mistakes people make…

Your Federal Retirement Benefits Are Just One Piece of Your Financial Puzzle

The Federal Retirement system is one of the most complex benefits programs around. There are so many exceptions, special provisions, and exclusions that it can be difficult to keep track of your benefits.

My name is Micah Shilanski.  I’m a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who specializes in helping federal employees get the most out of their federal retirement benefits.

Unique Experience in Federal Retirement

I’m the founder of Plan-Your-Federal-Retirement.com. I’ve written articles for FedSmith.  I’ve been featured in articles for NARFE and GovExec.  I teach FERS Pre-retirement classes. I’ve mentored other financial planners.  And I’ve even had the pleasure of teaching online webinars and in-person classes with Tammy Flanagan.

But my most important experience comes from working one-on-one with my financial planning clients.

Most of my clients are federal employees just like you.  I help my clients go from big picture to getting through all the nitty-gritty details to help them achieve the retirement of their dreams.

This is different than the experience of most federal retirement experts.  Because very few have had the same privilege to work one-on-one with federal employees through the entire federal retirement process – *and* continue to work with them for years afterwards.

I’ve seen the mistakes that people (and even some professionals!) can make, and I want to help you avoid them.

You can find lots of information online about federal retirement. But Plan-Your-Federal-Retirement.com is different.  Because we approach your federal benefits from a financial planning perspective.

Our goal here is to help you understand how your benefits work *and* how they fit into the rest of your financial picture. Because it’s important to understand your federal retirement benefits.  But your federal retirement benefits are just one piece of your financial puzzle. The rest of the story involves how your benefit choices will impact the rest of your financial picture.

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Want to be sure you’re not missing important aspects of your retirement planning?  Then you’ll want to be on the list to receive our ezine newsletter.  Each month, we publish an original article on important retirement topics for federal employees.

Your benefits are complex. But it’s worth the time to learn about them to make sure you’re not missing anything. You’ve devoted years, maybe decades of your life to federal service.  It would be a shame to separate from service and miss out on benefits because you didn’t know about them.

Make sure you get the most up to date information from Plan-Your-Federal-Retirement.com.

Don't Outlive Your Retirement

3 Critical Concepts that Most Federal Employees Miss When Planning Their Retirement​

Year after year I see Federal Employees missing the same critical concepts in their federal retirement planning. That’s why I’ve created an online workshop to help educate Federal Employees on these critical concepts.

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If you are a Financial Advisor looking to work with Federal Employees,
we are always looking for Advisors that want to deliver massive value to clients.

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Get the most out of your federal retirement benefits by taking advantage of the FERS resources created by Micah Shilanski, CFP®, and the team of independent financial advisors at Shilanski & Associates, Inc. Join the thousands of federal employees who trust us to guide them in their retirement planning journey because of our unique perspective of how your FERS benefits contribute to your comprehensive financial plan.

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