CSRS and Social Security deductions


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.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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