Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

MRA+10 and special retirement supplement

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Q. I plan to retire from the Postal Service at the end of February, when I reach my minimum retirement age of 56. I will have 21½ years of service and will be retiring under the MRA+10 provision. I plan to start taking my annuity payments at that time. Will I also be entitled to the special retirement supplement?

A. No one who retires under the MRA+10 provision is eligible for the special retirement supplement. You also need to be aware that when you retire, your annuity will be reduced by 5 percent for every year (5/12 percent per month) that you are under age 60.  You can reduce that age penalty by postponing the receipt of your annuity to a later date.

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