Special retirement supplement

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Q. I took a job last year. After reporting my earnings to OPM this year, I will not be receiving a FERS Social Security supplement in the future.

What happens to the money? Do I simply lose the funds? Does this increase my future Social Security payments?

A. The special retirement supplement operates like a Social Security benefit. If you have earnings from wages or self-employment that exceed the annual limit, your benefit is reduced — if the excess is small — or eliminated — if the excess is large enough. If your earnings in a following year fall below the limit, then the SRS is restored, as long as you haven’t reached age 62. That’s when the SRS ends and you become eligible for a regular Social Security benefit, which operates under the same rules until you reach full Social Security retirement age.

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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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  1. I was asked to report my earned income in 2014. I accounted for additional retirements and found later that the retirement income was not supposed to be reported. OPM reduced my annuity from May 2015 to the present date. How do I correct the mistake that I made with OPM for including money that should not have been included?

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