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 CREDITING CIVILIAN SERVICE FOR WHICH YOU RECEIVED A REFUND OF RETIREMENT DEDUCTIONS

If you have service covered by retirement deductions and the deductions were refunded to you, the service is potentially creditable toward CSRS retirement. In some cases, you must redeposit the retirement deductions (plus interest) to receive credit for this service in the computation of your retirement benefit. Crediting the refunded service toward your CSRS retirement depends on the dates of service.

Service Performed Before March 1, 1991

  • This service will count toward your creditable years of service for retirement eligibility whether or not you make the redeposit (unless you retire under the disability provisions).
  • If you do not pay the redeposit, your annuity will be reduced based on the amount of redeposit, interest due, and your age at retirement.

Service Performed on or After March 1, 1991

  • This service will count toward your creditable years of service for retirement eligibility whether or not you make the redeposit (unless you retire under the disability provisions).
  • If you do not pay the redeposit, you will not receive credit for the service in the computation of your annual retirement annuity.

 ACTION REQUIRED TO MAKE A REDEPOSIT

  1. Complete and sign page 1 (Part A) of the SF 2803, Application to Make Deposit or Redeposit
  2. Mail the SF 2803 to the Civilian Benefits Center (CBC)
  3. The CBC will complete page 2 (part B) and forward the application to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
  4. OPM will review your application and will send you a statement of the amount of deposit (including accrued interest) you owe. Application processing is currently taking 6 - 8 months. If you have submitted an application but have not received a statement from OPM, you can call OPM at 1-888-767-6738 for a status.
  5. Once you receive this statement you may pay the amount in full or make installment payments of at least $50. You can mail your payments directly to OPM as instructed on the statement or make electronic payments using Pay.gov. Interest will continue to accrue on the unpaid balance until it is paid in full.
  6. Once the redeposit is paid in full, retain the OPM statement showing payment for your records. You should submit a copy of the receipt with your retirement application.
  7. Contact the Benefits Line if you have questions about the process for making a redeposit or how redeposit service may impact your retirement annuity.
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