Q. I am retired and collect an annuity from the government. I also pay a monthly premium for insurance. Is the premium deductible along with any other out-of-pocket costs that I can claim on my income taxes?
Q. My wife left her government job a number of years ago and withdrew the money from her FERS account. She re-entered government service a few years ago. She then requested the redeposit amount required to bring her FERS account whole again. To make her FERS redeposit payment, she took a withdrawal from her IRA. We received a 1099-R from her IRA firm showing the withdrawal and we will need to report on our taxes as income. Since the money went back into FERS, can I deduct that amount as if it were being rolled over into an IRA?
Q. I retired from CSRS in 2005 at age 57 and 32 years of service. I elected to provide survivor benefits to my spouse at retirement (55 percent). We were divorced Sept. 16, 2013. However, I have elected to continue to provide survivor benefits for her. Are those survivor benefits tax deductible?
Q. I’m 52, and I’ve been on FERS disability retirement since I was 47. My minimum retirement age is 56. Is it true that they’ll stop withholding federal income taxes on my pension when I reach my MRA? Is it also true that I’ll be switched to regular retirement when I reach my MRA, and not when I reach 62?
Q. My husband is a retired federal employee receiving a CSRS pension. I have been paying Social Security taxes based on my own employment earnings since before we were married. 1. As the wife of a federal employee who is receiving a federal pension, will I receive my full Social Security benefit when I reach retirement age? 2. If I outlive my husband, how much of his federal pension would I receive, and would I also continue to receive my full Social Security? 3. Will he receive Social Security benefits based on employment earnings in nonfederal jobs he held prior…
Q. I retired from the Postal Service last year and, when I received my CSA 1099R, it has my FERS annuity and my special retirement supplement taxable amount combined. If the supplement is taxed like Social Security, which is different from my FERS annuity, why are they combined on my CSA 1099R, and how do I separate the two on my tax Form 1040A? My gross income will be over $44,000 and, from what I have been reading, at that amount, I should only be taxed on 85 percent of my supplement. Is this correct?
Q. I was active-duty military for 10 years. I bought back this time in one lump sum of cash from my civil service job. I fall under FERS. I would like to know if that contribution to buy back my time is considered a pension/retirement contribution and can be claimed on income tax calculations.
Q. How does a retired federal employee receive a 1099R from the Office of Personnel Management? A recent notice from OPM stated they will not be supplying 1099R through the mail as in the past. They suggest that you go on a computer with a user ID and OPM-assigned password. I have called OPM at least 45 times in the past two days and received only a busy signal. I cannot get to OPM to find a password or user ID. Some older employees do not have computers or the knowledge to operate a computer. I worked at Puget Sound…