Offset payment denied


Q. Since retirement and receiving pension from CSRS Offset at age 59, the offset was applied at age 62. Can I be denied payment of the offset amount by Social Security? Denial was based on my current self-employment with an income higher than the minimum level for early retirement. I am qualified for other retirement benefits at age 66.

A. Yes, if you exceeded the Social Security annual earnings limit. It reduces your Social Security benefit by $1 for every $2 you earn above the limit, which is $14,640 in 2012. If you had reached your full Social Security retirement age, the reduction would have been $1 for every $3 above a different limit, $38,880.


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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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