Q. I am currently a FERS employee with 35 years of service who plans to retire at the age of 60. I know I am entitled to the special retirement supplement until age 62, but I am also a widow and want to start collecting my spouse’s Social Security at the age of 60. Can I collect both the SRS and my SSA widow benefit at the same time? A. Yes, you may collect both.
Q. I plan to retire at my MRA, which is 57 with 30 years of service. I plan to start withdrawals of my TSP to supplement my FERS retirement and FERS supplement at that time. Will my TSP withdrawals be subject to an earnings test and impact the amount I receive for my FERS supplement?
Q. If I make more money than is allowed under the Special Retirement Supplement for a given year, and make $0 because of the SRS penalty $1 for every $2 earned, but lose my job the following year and don’t work again, would I then start getting my SRS back at the same rate that I was getting before I exceeded the maximum earned income, or would it be gone forever? Would this apply also for getting a partial reduced SRS and losing a job but not the whole SRS? Will it go back to the original amount, or be…
Q. I am planning on retiring at the end of December of this year at 56 years old with 35 years. If I get the Special Retirement Supplement till I turn 62, when would I would I start getting my Thrift Savings Plan?
Q. I understand that earned income (i.e., wages from a job) above a threshold may reduce or eliminate the special retirement supplement (SRS). What about passive forms of income from interest, dividends or rent?
Q. I recently attended a U.S. Postal Service retirement seminar not sponsored by the USPS. While good information was given relating to how FERS, the SRS and the TSP work, at the end of the meeting the speaker mentioned the option of rolling over your TSP into what he called a “G-C Fund” that he said will never lose money. Do you know about this? I can’t find anything online about it and I’m skeptical.
Q. I have been hearing rumors that the special retirement supplement can be extended beyond 62 as long as I do not take Social Security. Is this true? If so, who do we contact and is there a form we need to fill out?
Q. I will be retiring at age 56 and will be eligible for the special retirement supplement upon retirement. Is my lump-sum payment for annual leave used in an earnings test to reduce my SRS? If I am eligible for a VERA incentive payment, is this used in an earnings test to reduce my SRS?
Q. Theoretical case: If a retiree has a $10,000 per year SRS benefit then works part-time earning $40,000 per year, can the retiree place all or most of post retirement earnings into employers tax-deferred account, therefore not impacting SRS earnings test? The desired result would be to not have any earnings or insignificant earnings, thereby retaining $10,000 per year SRS benefit while also generating $40,000 tax-deferred account. I think the IRS annual deferral limit is approximately $54,000. Thoughts?