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Support center / Learn more about interim retirement pay

Learn more about interim retirement pay

FAQs and answers about interim pay during federal retirement application processing.

Questions and answers

We only withhold federal income tax. You may find that the federal income taxes withheld from your first interim payment will be higher than the federal tax withholdings from your subsequent interim payments and regular annuity. This is because we sometimes make necessary tax withholding adjustments when we finish processing your retirement application.

When we finish processing your retirement application, we'll begin withholding health benefits and life insurance premiums retroactive to the start date of your annuity.

Yes, your health benefits and life insurance benefits coverage will continue while you're receiving interim pay.

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Call us if you can't find an answer to your question on OPM.gov or if you can't sign in to OPM Retirement Services Online to manage your annuity account. You may also need to call us for special or complex cases, or because we directed you to.

Phone: 1-888-767-6738
TTY: 711

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 7:40 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Closed on federal holidays

Our busiest time is between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET.

Please make sure your first and last name, phone number, email address, claim number, and signature are included in any inquiries or documents you mail to us. We usually respond within 1 to 3 weeks after we receive your mail.

Retirement Operations Center
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Post Office Box 45
Boyers, PA 16017

You can meet with one of our Customer Service Specialists in person. We serve walk-ins on a first come, first served basis—no appointment necessary.

Retirement Services Support Center
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E. Street, NW
Room 1323
Washington, DC 20415
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Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Closed on federal holidays

OPM Retirement Services does not have a main fax number.

You should only fax us documents if an official OPM form or one of our Customer Service Specialists asks you to (the fax number will be provided on the form, or the Customer Service Specialist will provide you one.) Otherwise, you should mail us your documents.