Supplemental Social Security


Q.  I plan to retire at my MRA of 56 with 31 years of service.  I plan to get my FERS pension, as well as my TSP annuity immediately.  I know my FERS annuity is not subject to the minimum earnings test.  Is my TSP annuity subject to that?  Is the TSP annuity considered income?

A.  No. it isn’t. Only earnings from wages or self emloyment are counted.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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