Browsing: Social Security

Q. I am having difficulty finding the definition of substantial earnings. My Social Security statement shows “Your Taxed Social Security Earnings.” Is that the same as substantial earnings? If not, how do I find out what my substantial earnings are? I have the chart listing the substantial earnings for each year.

Q. I retired with FERS at age 60 with 31 years at the U.S. Postal Service under the Social Security supplement. Can I delay my Social Security when my supplement ends and earn the 8 percent each year until I pick the year I want it to start? Is there a special day to apply that ensures that 8 percent is included in the year I apply?

Q. I am about 10 years from retiring from the federal government and would like more information on Medicare and Social Security. I was thinking about not taking my Social Security until I am 67 years old. My friend said she is applying for hers as soon as she is eligible (62). How do I determine which age is best for me? Are there comparison charts that will show me approximately what my overall benefit would be if I applied for social security at 62 versus 67?

Q. I will be 59 in October and retired last June from the federal government. I am thinking of starting an S corporation. My income limit is $16,900 under Social Security. If I pay myself less than the income limit, will my retirement benefits stay the same? Also, when I file my annual income tax, the profit from the S corporation will be listed; does this amount affect retirement payments?

Q. I’m going to retire in six months, and I qualify for the special supplement. I understand that that supplement is subject to the Social Security earnings test but that my FERS retirement annuity is not counted toward that test. Is my thrift savings annuity and/or withdrawal subject to the Social Security earnings test? In other words, will my special supplement be lowered if my thrift savings annuity/payments go over the maximum allowed earned income (about $16,000)?

Q. I am affected by Windfall Elimination Provision but am also eligible for Social Security. Is the dollar amount for “substantial earnings” the dollar amount on the W-2 under Social Security wages, or is the dollar amount listed in the section for wages, tips and other compensation? I have looked at the Social Security Administration brochure on WEP, and it never states specifically. It makes a difference.

Q. Will I continue to receive my supplement from the Office of Personnel Management until I reach 66½, at which time I would file for full Social Security benefit, rather than 62? Or does it stop automatically at 62? I want to hold off applying. I transferred from CSRS to FERS midway through my career and fall under WEP.

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