By Reg Jones
Q. How much leave will my CSRS wife be taxed on $15,000 of cashed-in leave? I am trying to project 2013 estimated tax payments. My wife retired and gets a Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay of $25,000 and — can you confirm? — about $7,000 will be withheld in tax.
A. The rules are the same for annual leave lump-sum payments and VSIPs:
Federal tax: 25 percent.
State tax, if applicable: 4 percent.
Local tax, if applicable: 1 percent.
Social Security tax, if applicable: 6.2 percent
Medicare: 1.45 percent.