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Foreign Pensions

Will My German Pension Affect My Social Security Pension?

Am 66, receive both US and German Pensions. I am living in Germany since 29 years. Now I will start getting a widow- government pension from my late husband. Do I need to report this Pension to the Social Security Offices or not?...and if I do, will the USA reduce my Social Security Pension?...please advise....thank you


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 09:24

How Will My UK Pension Affect My Ability To Receive Spousal Benefits?

Dear sir,
I had read an earlier article of yours where you had contacted Jerry Lutz who confirmed that “Foreign pensions are not considered “government pensions” for purposes of the government offset provision”.
I am a US/UK dual citizen and would be grateful to know whether this applies to my UK pension with regards to me claiming spousal benefit based on my wife’s US Social Security as was mentioned in your article. My wife is planning to retire this year at age 65 and I will be 65 next year.
Yours Sincerely

Hi Arthur,

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 06:33

Will Social Security Deny My Disability Claim If I File For A Canadian Pension?

I am a Canadian citizen living in the United States who is nearing retirement age. I became disabled and applied for social security benefits approximately six months ago. My disability application was sent to a "totalization" office to ensure it is compliant with the US-Canadian treaty on social benefits. This additional step has resulted in an even longer waiting period to determine whether I am eligible for disability benefits (they estimate two years).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 06:27

Can My Wife Get Spousal Benefits And A Japanese Pension?


I am married to a Japanese citizen who will be eligible for various government pension benefits from Japan. She is 57 years old as I write this. She has never worked in the USA and has not contributed anything to the social security system. I am a 63 year old US citizen and have contributed since my teens. I plan to wait until 70 before I apply for benefits. The USA and Japan have a Totalization Agreement that addresses social security benefits and payments for individuals and employers that are subject to payments to/from both countries.

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 06:51

Will My Wife's German Pension Affect Her Spousal Or Widow's Benefits?

I am 65 years old, and a natural born American citizen with enough credits to qualify for full Security Security benefits at age 66. My wife is 58 years old and a German citizen who immigrated to the US in 1999, and she has been a lawful US resident (green card holder) since that time. We have been married 18 years. Prior to immigrating to the US, my wife did not have any US-based income and worked only for German private companies with no connection to the US, so none of her German earnings were subject to US Social Security taxes.

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 08:31

Who Do I Have To See About Adjusting My Payment Amount?

I resided in Canada for 33 years. When I turned 62 I applied for SS retirement. At the time I was receiving Canada Disability payments. So SS decided to claw back about $190. When I turned 65 in 2014 my disability stopped and I only received money I paid into Canada Pension Plan. SS told me let them know when I stopped receiving CPP. So now I am trying to get SS to give me my original amour of benefit which was supposed to be $690. They were only giving me $477. per month since 2014.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 08:15

Is Social Security Correct In Reducing My Benefit?

Dear Larry,

Before I moved to the United States. I lived and worked in London, England until I was about 27(1972).

I have worked since then 100% in the United States. I began collecting Social Security the age of 70, and also found out that I was eligible to receive a UK pension around the same time. However, I received my US pension before I received the UK pension by about a year and declared my UK pension a few months ago(my birthday is July 1945).

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