Retirement date, annual leave and taxes


Q. I am a Postal Service employee under FERS. I originally planned to retire Nov. 28, 2014 to avoid another holiday season.

First, can you retire with more than 440 hours of annual leave?

Second, if I delay my retirement to the end of December and my annual leave is paid in January, will that lessen the taxes I would pay since my income would be less?

A. First, no. Second, yes.


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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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