Social Security quarters and annual leave lump sum


Q. I will retire this year under CSRS. I lack three quarters to qualify for Social Security benefits. Will Social Security taxes be deducted from my lump-sum payment for annual leave?

A. If you are a regular CSRS employee, you haven’t had any Social Security taxes deducted from your pay and you won’t have any deducted from your lump-sum payment.


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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

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