Q. I am a CSRS federal worker who can retire at any time. I need five quarters to be able to collect Social Security. If I retire at the end of this year, will the Social Security taken out of my retirement count toward my quarters?
A. If you are a CSRS employee, Social Security deductions aren’t being taken out of your pay, only those for Medicare. Further, Social Security deductions are never taken out of an annuity.