Is It Correct That My Retirement Benefits Will Be Reduced?

Nov 26 2016 - 9:15am

I am retired from a federal government job (non-appropriated) I was told that upon my receiving my social security benefit that my retirement pay would be offset. However, I have been paying my social security taxes since my employment there.I am led to believe that other retirees have made that same claim but still had their retirement pay reduced. Is there any hidden reasons for that, or is the administration department wrong in factoring that in?

Hi,

If you always paid Social Security taxes on your wages with the government, your Social Security benefit will not be subject to reduction under the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). For more information on WEP, see the following pamphlet: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10045.pdf.

I am not an expert on the Federal Employee Retirement System, assuming that is what's referenced to in your question. That program does pay a temporary annuity supplement in some cases, which stops when the person becomes eligible for Social Security benefits. For more information on that provision, refer to the OPM.gov website: https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/fers-information/types-of-retire....

Best, Jerry