Q. I retired on June 30, 1999 at age 47 on disability under the CSRS offset. I had exactly 21 years of service at the time of retirement. I show the disability amount as wages on my tax return. At what point can I start showing this income as a pension rather than wages?
A. This is a tax matter and falls outside my area of knowledge. You’ll have to check with the IRS. To get a head start, download a copy of IRS Publication 721, Tax Guide to U.S. Civil Service Benefits, available at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p721.pdf.