Resuming the special retirement supplement


Q. My special retirement supplement was discontinued due to exceeding the Social Security income limit. I have not worked this year and should be eligible for the benefit to resume in January 2014 based on zero income in 2013. I don’t understand what will trigger the payments to resume. Are they tied to my income tax filing? Will I get a retroactive payment based on eligibility if they don’t resume until after January 2014?

A. Yes, it will be based on your income tax filing. You will be paid for every month that you were once again eligible for the SRS.


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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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