Browsing: Social Security

Q. If I retire on Dec. 31, 2019, I will not be paid for annual leave I have saved until sometime the next year (2020). Does that money count against my 2020 Social Security earnings limit ($17,000), reducing my Social Security payments, or does it not count as earned income in 2020 (since I accrued it in previous years)? A. For purposes of the Social Security earned income offset, income counts in the year that it is earned, rather that the year in which it is paid.

Q. If I retire from the U.S. Postal Service at the age of 56 years old with 31 years of service and have 440 hours annual leave and over 2,300 hours of sick leave, what three checks will I get? I know one is pension and one is supplement, but do I get anything from Social Security or the Thrift Savings Plan? And will I lose 5 percent every year until I’m 62?

Q. I am permanently, totally disabled from my doctor after neck surgery. I am FERS, starting in 1990. I retired from the U.S. Postal Service on disability retirement on 1-1-2017. I am thinking of withdrawing $1,000 a month from my TSP on a full payout. Will this affect my Social Security I am receiving, or affect my pension? Do TSP withdrawals affect disability retirement pay in any way?

Q. I am 59 and retired in 2015 at 57 from a federal law enforcement position. I started a consulting LLC in Texas in 2018 and do not take regular draws from the company account. I am currently receiving Social Security supplement along with my pension. Do the gross earnings of my LLC count toward the earnings test even when I do not take a draw equal to or greater than the earnings limit set for the current year 2018? Or, if I take a draw and maintain that amount under the limit, would any remaining funds in the LLC…

Q. I have 21 years of service in a covered law enforcement position. I have been offered a job with a large government contractor. I am 53 years old. I also have purchased back eight years of military service. By reading thru your FAQs I see I can get the Social Security Supplement until I reach the age of 57. When I retire is it better to roll my TSP over into the new job’s 401(k), or leave it alone and simply start a new one with my new employer? A. It’s hard to find a 401(k) plan that compares favorably…

Q. I am under the FERS system, age 57 with 30 years of service. I am eligible to retire but will probably work another two years and retire at 59. I know that you recommend leaving TSP untapped for as long as possible. If I do this, I would need to take Social Security at 62 to make ends meet. Is this a good strategy? Many financial planners recommend waiting as long as possible to draw Social Security, so I am not sure which strategy makes the most sense.

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