Q: I am 53 years old with 30 years of service under the Civil Service Retirement System. If I were to die before I reach age 55, what would happen to the money I have contributed to CSRS? My wife has been a homemaker with no retirement plan, and I plan on having the spousal support when I do retire.
A: If you were to die while still employed, your wife would be entitled to a survivor annuity equal to 55 percent of the annuity you would have received had you retired. There would be no age-based reduction if you were under age 55 when that happened.