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Wait until you choose retirement plans to pay the military deposit. You'll have an opportunity to pay your military deposit once you've received detailed information about your benefits options and made your choice. It won't matter that you're a retiree, and no longer a Federal employee. Before you're asked to choose retirement plans, OPM will give you information about your benefits under both CSRS and FERS. They will tell you how much you owe under both. They will also explain how payment of a deposit will affect your benefit, and let you know whether you will be able to receive credit for the service by taking an actuarial reduction in your annuity.
If, in the meantime, you want to know how much you'll owe so you can put the money aside, ask your agency to estimate the deposit under both CSRS and FERS rules.
No, you can't elect to change your FERS retirement coverage if you took a refund of all FERS retirement deductions.
In the coming months, OPM will be providing agencies and employees with detailed information about FERCCA, the different retirement plans, and how you make an election.
OPM wants to make sure that you receive complete counseling about your options before you make your election. Once you make your election, you cannot change it. OPM will contact you and provide you with detailed information regarding your options under FERCCA. For example, you will know how much you can expect to receive under each retirement plan, including Social Security and Thrift Savings Plan benefits. You do not have to make an election until you have had the opportunity to ask all questions you have about your retirement benefits.
We at OPM realize that some of you may be postponing retirement or other major events until your retirement coverage error is resolved. While we will provide election information and benefits counseling as soon as possible, we will make special provisions for those individuals who need to make an election immediately.
It depends on when you withdrew your TSP contributions and the kind of withdrawal you made.
You can make an election under FERCCA if you:
Make-up contributions are employee contributions that could have been deducted from your pay earlier, but were actually deducted later because of an error.
When you are erroneously put in CSRS, CSRS Offset, or Social Security-Only rather than FERS, you are allowed to make up the TSP contributions that you could have made had you been in the correct retirement plan.
By law, your TSP make-up contributions must be made as payroll deductions. You can't pay your TSP make-up contributions by check or rollover. Subject to the provisions of the TSP error correction regulations, you can decide how much you pay in TSP make-up contributions and how long you want to take to make the payments. TSP make-up contributions are treated as tax-deferred compensation for the year in which they are made up, but are subject to the elective deferral limit(s) for the year(s) in which they could have been made. So, your make-up contributions will reduce your taxable income for the year that you actually make the contribution.
If you are in FERS and decide to pay TSP make-up contributions, your agency must also pay any attributable Agency Matching Contributions.
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