Browsing: Windfall elimination provision

Social Security

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Q. Will I be able to draw Social Security if my husband is retired military and retired CSRS? I have work for more than 30 years paying Social Security tax and have been told I can’t draw. Will my husband be able to draw because he has paid Social Security tax as a self-employed contractor?

CSRS Offset

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Q. I am a CSRS Offset retiree. I attended more than one pre-retirement seminar and was given examples of my retirement situation, along with reassurances that my retirement would closely follow the examples and that I was very fortunate to be CSRS Offset, and would be very happy. I was told to check with Social Security to find out about my offset. Neither the Office of Personnel Management nor Social Security could know the exact amounts until I retired. Following my retirement, everything, except Social Security, was in disorder for six months. OPM explained that they had to check with…

Windfall elimination provision

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Q. I worked for the government (Department of Defense Dependents Schools) as a teacher overseas in Germany from January 1969 to June 1984. I am receiving a government pension (my retirement) of $629 per month. I was told at the Social Security office that my Social Security benefits would be reduced by two-thirds because I worked for the government. Until 1984, DoDDS employees were not allowed to pay into Social Security. I have paid into Social Security by working at other teaching positions and other types of work. Is what the Social Security administrator said correct? Am I penalized because…

Social Security eligibility

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Q. I am a 51-year-old with 32 years of service under CSRS. I am eligible to retire in 2016 when I reach age 55. I have also worked and paid into Social Security for about the same number of years. Am I eligible to receive both Social Security and my civil service retirement pension? I would also like to know how a buyout works. If one is offered before I reach age 55, what is the payout, and will I receive my current benefits such as life and health insurance coverage?

Windfall elimination provision

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Q. I retired in 2009 with 37½ years under CSRS. I had no break in service. I started in 1973. I worked part time for a period while a federal employee and I had a job (short time) before federal employment. After retirement, I went to work full time (private) and have been paying into Social Security. I got a statement from Social Security last year that shows that if I keep working at my current salary, I will collect about $680 a month at age 62 or about $1,200 a month at age 66. I don’t believe I fall into the…

CSRS Offset

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Q. I am a CSRS Offset employee. I had seven years and 10 months of CSRS service when I left and took my funds out. I returned as CSRS Offset after a 15-month break, did not make a redeposit and now have an additional 26 years of service. I am looking at retiring in 4½ years at age 60. In addition, I am divorced (married 28 years and one month, not remarried). My ex-husband has always made substantially more. Based on the scenario stated, I am of the opinion that: 1. The windfall elimination provision will not apply since I…

Avoid these mistakes when planning to retire

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It’s easy to make mistakes when you are planning to retire. Some of the biggest mistakes apply to all employees; a few apply only to CSRS or FERS retirees. All can be costly. Here they are and what you can do to avoid them: Retiring on the spur of the moment. It can be disastrous, for two reasons. First, if you hand in your retirement application at the last minute, it may contain errors that delay processing or even cause it to be rejected. Second, decisions made in haste often come back to bite you. Once committed to a course…

Retirement as CSRS Offset

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Q. I will be 63 this month. I worked at the Postal Service from 1969 to 1981 as a letter carrier. I took the CSRS money out when I left in 1981. I worked in the private sector from 1981 to 1989. I came back to USPS in 1989, paid back the CSRS money and am now in CSRS offset. I have about 37 years in USPS and plan to work here another three years. Where can I find some info to help me decide whether to retire from USPS now and work in private sector or keep working at…

Windfall elimination provision

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Q. I have 34 years of service in CSRS and still work. I have 17 years of substantial payments in Social Security and starting collecting at age 66. Is there a maximum amount that my Social Security can be reduced by the windfall elimination provision, or is it possible to lose my entire Social Security payment upon retirement from government?

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