Early retirement and penalties

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Q. Can I retire with 26 years of service if I’m 56 years old?  I am under FERS.  If so, is there any penalty?

A. Yes, you can retire under the MRA+10 provision, minimum retirement age with at least 10 but fewer than 30 years of service. However, your annuity would be reduced by 5 percent for every year (5/12 percent per month) that you were under age 62. You could reduce or eliminate that penalty by postponing the receipt of your annuity to a later date.

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