Deposit: A deposit is the payment for a period of employment when retirement deductions were not withheld from your salary. The deposit amount is, generally, 1.3% of salary plus interest. You are not required to make this type of payment. However, not making the payment will eliminate this service from being used for title or computation purposes.
Generally, nondeduction service cannot be credited for title or computation unless it was performed before 1989 and a deposit is made.
You can make a deposit for creditable Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) service you performed before 1989 during which retirement deductions were not withheld from your pay. The deposit amount is, generally, 1.3% of salary plus interest. Interest is charged from the midpoint of periods of service and is compounded annually. Interest is charged to the date the deposit is paid in full or annuity begins, whichever is earlier. Interest is applied at the rates described in the table. If you do not pay for a period of this type of service, you will not receive credit in determining your eligibility to retire or in computing your retirement benefit.
With certain minor exceptions, a Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) employee cannot make a deposit for non-contributory service performed after January 1, 1989.
A redeposit is the repayment of retirement deductions that were previously withheld and refunded to you, plus interest.
If you receive a refund of FERS deductions and were covered by FERS on or after October 28, 2009, you may repay (or redeposit) any FERS deductions previously refunded. You may also redeposit any CSRS deductions previously refunded that covered CSRS service and is now credited under FERS rules.
Interest is charged from the date of the refund and compounded annually. Interest is charged to the date full payment is made or the date annuity begins, whichever is earlier. For more information, view Interest Rates. If you do not pay for a period of this type of service, you will receive credit in determining your eligibility to retire but will not receive credit for this service in computing your retirement benefit.
If you have a CSRS component with deposit or refund service, the CSRS rules will be used to compute the deposit or redeposit for this service.
You should apply to make a payment by completing a Standard Form 3108 (Application to Make Service Credit Payment/FERS). You must begin the application process as an employee. Once you begin the application process as an employee, you may continue to make payments even after you separate as long as the separation is not for retirement.
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As a general rule, military service in the Armed Forces of the United States is creditable for retirement purposes if it was active service terminated under honorable conditions, and performed prior to your separation from civilian service for retirement.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994(USERRA) covers persons who perform duty in the "uniformed services". This includes not only the armed forces and the reserves but also the National Guard and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service. These individuals are entitled to be restored to the position he or she would have attained had the employee not entered the uniformed service, provided the employee:
As with all military deposits, the agency must handle military deposits under USERRA. The military deposit may be calculated based on military earnings or alternatively, the deposit can be calculated based on the retirement deductions the employee would have paid on the civilian salary during the same period, if it is less.