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Get the basics on retirement planning and pension benefits, such as how Social Security works, retiring from the civil service, and managing a private pension.

Infographic showing the ways people save for retirement in the U.S.
  • In the United States, people live an average of 20 years after retirement. The three most common options to save for retirement are:

    1. Retirement Plans offered by an employer
    2. Savings and Investments
    3. Social Security

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How Do Benefits Work and How Can I Qualify?

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtWhile you work, you pay Social Security taxes. This tax money goes into a trust fund that pays benefits to:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThose who are currently retired

  • To people with disabilities

  • To the surviving spouses and children of workers who have died

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtEach year you work, you’ll get credits to help you become eligible for benefits when it’s time for you to retire. Find all the benefits .

There are four main types of benefits that the SSA offers:

How to Open a “my Social Security” Account

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you receive or will receive Social Security benefits, you may want to open a . This online account is a service from the SSA that allows you to keep track of and manage your SSA benefits. You can also make changes to your Social Security record.

How to Find More Help

If you have specific questions about your Social Security benefits, you can:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtReview the .

  • .


  • Get  if you're experiencing a problem with your pension plan.

  • Find out whether your .

  • For questions or complaints about your plan, contact your human resources office. Or contact the  near you.

Federal Insurance for Private Pensions

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf your company runs into financial problems, you're likely to still get your pension.

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe  (PBGC):

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtInsures most These are plans that typically pay a certain amount each month after you retire.

  • Covers most Those are defined-benefit pensions that allow you to take a lump-sum distribution.

  • Does not cover government and military pensions, 401k plans, IRAs, and certain others.

Is Your Pension Insured?

  • Search PBGC's database of .

  • If your plan is insured and it ends without enough money to pay all benefits, PBGC steps in. PBGC will pay you the money you’re owed, up to .

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtTo learn more about PBGC-insured pensions, view these .

Find an Unclaimed Pension

More than 38 million people in the U.S. haven’t claimed pension benefits they have earned. Find out if you, or someone you know, is .


Federal Employee Retirement Planning and Management

OPM has information to help you:

  • Find answers to

Thrift Savings Plan for Current Employees

As a current federal employee, you can contribute to the . The TSP offers the same types of savings and tax benefits as a 401(k) plan.

Retirement Credit for Military Service

Military service does not automatically count toward civil service retirement. To , you must pay a deposit.

Federal Taxes on Government Pensions

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtYour pension or annuity payment may be taxable. Find out with the

Survivors of Federal Employees and Retirees

If you’re the survivor of a federal employee or retiree, you may qualify for . Visit the OPM website to .

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt and . 

  • If you have a spouse or partner, will they retire when you do?

  • Where do you plan to live when you retire? Will you downsize, rent, or own your home?

  • Do you expect to work part-time?

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtWill you have the same medical insurance you had while working? Will your insurance coverage change?

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDo you want to travel or pursue a costly, new hobby?

  • Tools to Help You Prepare for Retirement

    To begin planning for your retirement:

    • Get tips for building your retirement savings in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) .  

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtUse a to find out the best age to claim your Social Security benefits. 

    • Compare the pros and cons of receiving.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtSocial Security pays benefits that are generally equal to about 40 percent of your pre-retirement earnings. The Social Security Administration helps you .

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLearn from how you can boost your retirement savings.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you have a financial advisor, talk to them about your plans.

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    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLast Updated: September 23, 2020