Social Security Supplemental Payments

hunchback

Well-known member
2 Questions for anyone who knows.

1.) Do you have to be a certain age at retirement to receive the Social Security Make Up Payments ?

2.) If you take the Social Security Make Up Payment are you then required to go on Social Security at 62 or do the payments just stop at 62 ?

PIG PEN CALLING CHARLIE BROWN, ARE YOU OUT THERE CHARLIE BROWN ?

Sorry put in wrong catagory meant to put in retirement
 

Charlie Brown

Active member
If you retire at your minimum retirement age (MRA) with 30 or more years or if you retire at age 60 with 20 or more years you're eligible.

You are NOT required to take Social Security at age 62 if you get the supplement.  (the supplement comes from FERS not Social Security)
 

12345

Well-known member
<blockquote class="spPostEmbedQuote"><strong>Charlie Brown said </strong>
If you retire at your minimum retirement age (MRA) with 30 or more years or if you retire at age 60 with 20 or more years you're eligible.

You are NOT required to take Social Security at age 62 if you get the supplement.  (the supplement comes from FERS not Social Security)  </blockquote>
I am sitting looking at a pamphlet on retirement; it states the special retirement supplement is paid until the age of 62.  
 

Charlie Brown

Active member
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<strong>12345 said </strong>

I am sitting looking at a pamphlet on retirement; it states the special retirement supplement is paid until the age of 62.    

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Yes, the supplement payments do end at 62. (mine just did)

No, I am not required to take my Social Security at age 62, I can wait and take it when it's most advantages for me.

My previous reply did not specify that the payments stop at 62, my assumption was that this was already known. Remember that the purpose of the supplemental payments is to assist the retiree only until they get to minimum Social Security age.

Hunchback did ask if the payments stop at age 62 and I could have answered more clearly, sorry for any confusion.
 

Dfielder

New member
One thing to keep in mind when drawing the supplement is the Earnings test does apply.  There are some postal employees who retire from the post office and go work somewhere else.   If you make over $17,040 for every $2 you make over that amount you owe $1 of supplement back.   

 

David Fielder, Postal Benefits Group
 

hunchback

Well-known member
<blockquote class="spPostEmbedQuote"><strong>RetirementCornerexpert said </strong>
One thing to keep in mind when drawing the supplement is the Earnings test does apply.  There are some postal employees who retire from the post office and go work somewhere else.   If you make over $17,040 for every $2 you make over that amount you owe $1 of supplement back.   

 

David Fielder, Postal Benefits Group  </blockquote>
David, is that $17,040 limit just for the employee drawing the supplemental or is it for household income including spouses earnings ?  
 

stillfirstclass

Well-known member
David. 

thankyou for your posts.

my question, i have rental property clearing $30,000 annual, that would not be earnings towards s.s. correct?
 

Dfielder

New member
Based on my review of the link below it would.   I am not tax expert so when you talk to your CPA make sure he knows that your Supplement is treated the same as SSI as far as taxable earnings.

https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home%2Fhandbook/handbook.18/handbook-1812.html
 

Punkie5

Well-known member
One thing to keep in mind when drawing the supplement is the Earnings test does apply. There are some postal employees who retire from the post office and go work somewhere else. If you make over $17,040 for every $2 you make over that amount you owe $1 of supplement back.



David Fielder, Postal Benefits Group
David, I retired recently at 20 years, age 60. I just received my first annuity check and personal pamphlet where it states I have 20 years, age 60 but my check does not include the supplemental payment for which I am qualified for because of my creditable service of 20 years. OPM is a nightmare to work with, got three different answers from 3 different people and nothing is being done to assist. How does one go about getting the supplemental bridge payment?
I get the runaround from HRSSC, my local office where I worked and district. Everyone pointing at everyone else.
I do have a call into my retirement specialist to assist but again......just waiting for a phone call. How would you address this issue? Thank you.
 

12345

Well-known member
David, I retired recently at 20 years, age 60. I just received my first annuity check and personal pamphlet where it states I have 20 years, age 60 but my check does not include the supplemental payment for which I am qualified for because of my creditable service of 20 years. OPM is a nightmare to work with, got three different answers from 3 different people and nothing is being done to assist. How does one go about getting the supplemental bridge payment?
I get the runaround from HRSSC, my local office where I worked and district. Everyone pointing at everyone else.
I do have a call into my retirement specialist to assist but again......just waiting for a phone call. How would you address this issue? Thank you.
I do not know how long ago you retired but I am less than a year retired. From personal perspective and others that have retired in the last two years it could take 6 months or more to get your annuity on an even keel. You are under the thumb of OPM now; the PO no longer knows you exist. You might try social security also.
 

Punkie5

Well-known member
The retirement specialist is working with OPM on the matter of getting the bridge supplement paid to me.
I still exist in the postal service as this is the person who screwed up my pay in the first place. I’m touching base again today for an update with her. Thank you for your reply, I’ll keep posted.
 

Punkie5

Well-known member
Per hrssc, they believe my retirement date that they informed me of is accurate, did a double check and OPM is denying me my supplemental bridge by claiming I used 4 unused sick leave days to get to my retirement date of which is irrelevant per hrssc, sick leave days have nothing to do with it and I did not use as they stated. I have no unused sick leave banked....I used it all before retiring thru FMLA and worked the last week prior to my retirement date given to me by my retirement specialist thru the postal service. The postal services states and in writing that I have worked over 20 creditable years..... The game continues.......I still have not received my last paycheck and that is another issue that I continue to fight for and get the runaround. It’s been 3 months now. No last check, no supplemental pay that I am entitled to and earned....the Postal service is so incompetent.......WTH to put it lightly. It’s such 🐄💩!
 

Shafted

Well-known member
The usps is a shit show. HRSS is a contracted out shit show. My retirement is currently a shit show as well. Finalization is a joke. Form 50’s correct. Last day of work correct. Blue book, and annuity estimate are correct. OPM is ridiculous.
 

Punkie5

Well-known member
OPM is claiming that I missed getting my supplemental bridge payment by.....
Wait for it..............one freaking day! USPS assured me otherwise, their retirement specialist.
I retired with over 20 years creditable service, age 60. WTH! I’m still trying to work it out because I don’t want to have to get the union involved YET because I fear it will fall into a black hole of no return because it can, I don’t trust the union T this point. I will keep you posted.........💩💩💩💩👿👿👿👿🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
 

Punkie5

Well-known member
The usps is a shit show. HRSS is a contracted out shit show. My retirement is currently a shit show as well. Finalization is a joke. Form 50’s correct. Last day of work correct. Blue book, and annuity estimate are correct. OPM is ridiculous.
Shafted, what kinda crap are you dealing with if I can ask thru OPM. Perhaps this is a common trend.....I can’t beleive the incompetent people to have to deal with not only the frustration of waiting for phone callls but having to be attached to your phone waiting.....also, the message centers peeps are rude and Incompetent.
 

eomr

Well-known member
I think it depends on who you talk to or what time of the day you call. I've waited on the phone 25 minutes for it to ring twice and then drop off. I've called and gotten right through. I've emailed a question and got a response two months later. But when I had a problem that needed them to jump in and help they did. Inconsistent.
 
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