Earnings limit


Q. I am a retired Marine veteran with 27-plus years of service. I have been employed since in 2004 (the same year I retired from the Marine Corps). I am employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Am I allowed to draw Social Security benefits since I retired from the military? And can I still work at my present employment while collecting Social Security? I enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1975 and retired in February 2004. I am 55 years old.

A. While you could apply for a Social Security benefit at age 62 while still working, you would be subject to the Social Security earnings limit.

That limit would reduce your Social Security benefit by $1 for every $2 you earned above the annual limit. In 2012, that limit is $14,640.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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