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CSRS Deposits/Redeposits

Deposits and redeposits can be made by employees now serving under CSRS; by separated employees who are entitled (or would be entitled after paying for service) to an annuity; or by eligible widows, widowers, or former spouses of deceased employees. An applicant for retirement is automatically given an opportunity to make the deposit for non-deduction service performed on or after October 1, 1982, and any redeposit when the application for retirement is processed. An applicant for retirement must specifically request an opportunity to make a deposit for non-deduction service performed before October 1, 1982. An employee should not file an application to make deposit or redeposit if he or she contemplates retirement within 6 months.

Deposit is a payment to the retirement fund to cover a period of civilian service during which no retirement deductions were withheld from your salary (also called "non-deduction" service).

Redeposit is a payment to the retirement fund to cover a period of service for which retirement reductions were withheld from your salary and later refunded to you.

Below are the procedures for those interested in making a Deposit/Redeposit.

Last Updated / Reviewed: April 25, 2019