Q. Last week, I told Joplin Social Security that I was going to retire Nov.30, but my work has asked me to work half days for a few months. Will this affect my first Social Security check in January? How much can I make without paying a penalty? Do I have to tell the Joplin office that I am going to work 20 hours after I told them I was going to retire Nov. 30?
A. Of course you need to tell the Joplin office. Unless your organization has the authority to bring you onboard as a re-employed annuitant, you wouldn’t be able to retire. If it did have that authority, your salary would be reduced by the amount of your annuity.