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Special category employee retirement and new income

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Q. I am 51 and retired with 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In our agency, we could retire at age 50 with 20 years of service or at any age with 25 years of service. Our maximum retirement age is 57. I thought I understood from retirement training that in our special circumstances, earnings rules did not apply until we reached age 57, or when we would have been forced to retire. In other words, after early but full eligibility retirement, we could work and we would not be penalized or limited with new income, in that…

Earnings limit

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Q. I’m getting close to my FERS retirement, and I have a second job that I love. If I refuse my special retirement supplement from the Office of Personnel Management, will I still be financially penalized from my FERS retirement for making too much money from my second job? If so, how can I still continue to work without being penalized?

Special retirement supplement

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Q. I retired under FERS with over 30 years of service in May 2009 and began receiving the special retirement supplement. The SRS was eliminated when I exceeded the Social Security earnings limit working in the private sector for the next three years. I fully retired in May 2012, after I again exceeded the $15,000 earnings limit for 2012. Do I need to contact Social Security to let them know I am no longer working? If so, is there a form I need to submit? Also, when can I expect my SRS to be reinstated? I won’t be 62 until May 2015.

Earnings limit

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Q. I retired from federal government Dec. 31 2011; signed up for Social Security on Jan. 24, 2012; and started drawing benefits in February 2012. I did not go back to work until July 2012 and worked until December. In some of those months, I exceeded the $1,200 threshold. Does Social Security average the 11 months, or will they penalize me for each month separately? A. The earnings test is applied when you earn more than the annual limit during a calendar year. In 2012 that limit was $14,640.

Resuming special retirement supplement payments

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Q. I retired after more than 30 years of service (FERS) and started receiving the special retirement supplement and my annuity as expected. I went to work and exceeded the earnings test so SRS went away. I will be out of my job shortly and would like to receive SRS again until I am eligible for full payments when I turn 62 in February 2014. I am assuming I can start this up again. Yes? What would the effective date be (date unemployed, one month later, etc.)? I also expect that if it starts again, it would not fall under…

Voluntary vs. mandatory retirement

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Q. I am eligible for retirement March 21 as a law enforcement officer under FERS. I will have 20 years of law enforcement experience and am age 56. Because I turn 57 in October (seven months later), I will be forced to retire Oct. 31. Aside from the extra approximately $8.56 per month I will get in my annuity for each month I stay after March and the benefit of having a full salaried job for seven more months, is there any advantage to me retiring under mandatory retirement age versus voluntary? The combination of my projected annuity and special…

Special retirement supplement

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Q. I am a FERS retiree who was RIF’d into retirement in October 2009 with 27 years of service. I reached my minimum retirement age of 56 on Jan 4. I understand I will receive the special retirement supplement for first year regardless of my employment income. Will that continue for the 12 calendar months from February through January 2014? Or is it only until Dec. 31, which would be 11 months? After that first year, I understand that the Office of Personnel Management will evaluate my previous year’s income (I assume total 2013) and then cut off my supplement or at least adjust…

First year rule

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Q. I understand that if you exceed the special retirement supplement earnings limit for the year you retire, you will not be eligible for the special retirement supplement for the rest of that year. Is this correct? I will be eligible to retire Jan. 22, 2015. I would like to carry into the 2015 year 240 hours of annual leave. There are two pay days in 2015 prior to Jan. 22. Most likely, the lump-sum payment for 240 hours of annual leave and January wage earnings will exceed the special retirement supplement earnings limit for 2015. If I put all…

Earnings limit

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Q. I am a retired Marine veteran with 27-plus years of service. I have been employed since in 2004 (the same year I retired from the Marine Corps). I am employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Am I allowed to draw Social Security benefits since I retired from the military? And can I still work at my present employment while collecting Social Security? I enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1975 and retired in February 2004. I am 55 years old. A. While you could apply for a Social Security benefit at age 62 while still working, you…

Offset payment denied

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Q. Since retirement and receiving pension from CSRS Offset at age 59, the offset was applied at age 62. Can I be denied payment of the offset amount by Social Security? Denial was based on my current self-employment with an income higher than the minimum level for early retirement. I am qualified for other retirement benefits at age 66. A. Yes, if you exceeded the Social Security annual earnings limit. It reduces your Social Security benefit by $1 for every $2 you earn above the limit, which is $14,640 in 2012. If you had reached your full Social Security retirement…

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