Social Security and CSRS Earnings

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By on May 26, 2014 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

Q: In calculating the 35 highest earnings years for WEP and Social Security, indexed for inflation, does that include the earnings that a CSRS retiree earned while employed in their federal positions? I am assuming it does since the “penalty” is being exacted in cutting the first multiplying factor in half.

A: Sorry, but it does not.  It only includes money earned in Social Security covered employment.  Our earnings for those years come up as “0” in our Social Security earnings record.

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