Browsing: SOCIAL SECURITY

Survivor benefit

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Q. I am a federal employee who will retire under CSRS. I also get Social Security. My wife will also will retire soon under CSRS. If I die, can she get my Social Security benefits? A. Her Social Security survivor benefit would be subject to the government pension offset provision of law, which will reduce it by $2 for every $3 she receives in her CSRS annuity. In most cases, the GPO wipes out that benefit.

CSRS Offset

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Q. I am a federal employee hired in June 1981 and I have been working for government continuously since then. I am enrolled in CSRS. I served in the Navy from September 1973 to September 1977. What affect will CSRS Offset have on my retirement? I have 34 quarters of Social Security contributions, 16 while in the Navy and 18 before I started my civil service career. I do not plan on ever collecting Social Security. I do not want to go back to work once I retire just to get a minimum benefit from Social Security. A. If you…

Social Security disability

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Q. I am receiving a CSRS pension since 2005 obtained under a VERA/VSIP authority. I have recently become disabled and I am considering SSDI. I have enough quarters but not 30 years. Will this affect my CSRS pension? I am 58 years old. A. I you were approved for SSDI, it would have no affect on your CSRS annuity.

Earning limits

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Q. I plan to retire under CSRS offset well before I turn 62. I know at 62 my retirement will be recalculated and my annuity check will be split between OPM and the Social Security Administration. When I turn 62 and start receiving my retirement pay from both OPM and the SSA, am I bound by the earning limits set by Social Security (currently $15,480.00 annually)? A. Yes, you are bound by the Social Security earnings limit. That limit applies to anyone who is under full Social Security retirement age and has earnings from wages or self employment that exceed…

VERA/VSIP

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Q. I am 53 years  and eight months old, I have 28 years and eight months civil service. I am in FERS. My agency is offering the VERA/VSIP. If I submit an application and I am accepted for either of these would this affect my Social Security supplement? My MRA is 56. Does the MRA change with the VERA/VSIP? A. No, your MRA doesn’t change nor does the amount of the SRS you’re entitled to. They remain the same.

Military annuity and CSRS

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Q. My husband (age 56) and I (age 53) are reaching the time when we are considering retirement and want to clarify a few things. I am covered under CSRS with 33 years of service. I have worked other jobs but I do not have enough credits to be eligible for Social Security. He is National Guard and will retire with over 30 years of service. He is also a government technician covered under FERS and will be eligible for Social Security. We are both retiring with survivor benefits. I know my husband’s Social Security would offset my CSRS. Will…

Maximum earnings

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Q. You recently answered a question regarding the maximum earning amount for 2014 is $15,480 before the Social Security benefit would be reduced. Does the SSA consider military retirement, VA disability pay, along with TSP disbursements as “earnings”? A. Those aren’t earnings. Earnings are income received from wages or self employment.

Waiting for Social Security

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Q. I am 60 and retired three years ago under CSRS with the post office. Will my annuity be reduced if I do not claim Social Security benefits at 62? I want to wait until I am 65 to claim Social Security. I worked nine years under Social Security when I was younger. A. Because you retired under CSRS – not CSRS Offset – your CSRS annuity will never be reduced. If you are eligible for a Social Security benefit, the fact that you retired from a retirement system where you didn’t pay Social Security taxes means that your Social…

Social Security after marriage

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Q. I am 64 and I am unmarried with a CSRS retirement with no survivor benefits designated. My 62-year-old future wife will begin receiving her Social Security benefits in September. I am not qualified to receive any Social Security benefits although I have paid in for 36 quarters. Will her Social Security benefits be affected by my income after we marry? A. No, they won’t.

Social Security transfer

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Q. I am a retired federal employee with CSRS. I also receive minimum Social Security payments based on my qualified earnings. My husband is a retired federal employee, FERS. In the event he passes before me, will I be able to collect/draw any of his Social Security? A. Probably not because that benefit would be subject to the government pension offset provision. For more information about the GPO go to http://ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10007.pdf.

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