I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
We need to first start with the social security rule as regards ***** ***** for people receiving early social security retirement benefits. In the year you reach full retirement age, social security will deduct $1 in benefits for every $3 you earn above a different limit. In 2016, the limit on your earnings is $41,880 but they only count earnings before the month you reach your full retirement age.
You have earned $35,000 in wages through work this year to date.
Money received from retirement is considered passive income and is not used by social security in determining the $41,880 limit. SO your VA retirement benefit is not counted.
If you sold vacation time back to the state and that vacation time was not earned in 2016, then that money would not be counted as earned income either. The same would apply for comp time sold back to the state. To the extent that the comp time was earned before January 1, 2016, it would not be counted as earned income to you in the determination of whether or not you exceeded the $41,880 limit.
So, unless some of the comp time you sold, or the vacation time you sold was earned through work you did for the state in 2016, then that money would not count either.
So, if you only earned income is the $35,000 so far, if you don't earn more than $6,880 between now and November 30 of this year then you wouldn't have to pay back any money to social security.
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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,