Social Security earnings limits


Q: If I retire with 30 years of federal service under the Federal Employees Retirement System at my minimum retirement age of 56 and I go back to work outside of the federal government, will I lose my Social Security supplement?

A: If you exceed the Social Security earnings limit, your special retirement supplement will be reduced by $1 for every $2 you earn. In 2010, that limit is $14,160.


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  1. i am in the same boat as most civil service retirees. I got over 40 quarters for social security and I am still working paying SS taxes,, if we are not going to get SS why are we be required be paying SS,, the military retirees do not pay anything in their fund at all and they get better benefits than we get, 50% after 20years plus they get full Social security this is not fair, civil service got their SS up until the mid 1980s , I guess they will change this law in about 15 to 20 years after the most of us are gone

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