Non-Covered Pension - WEP / GPO

Will My PERA Retirement Reduce My Spousal Benefits To Nothing?

I am currently 66 and started collecting my deceased ex-spouses social security benefit at full retirement age (December 2017). He has been deceased for 9 years and we were married 30 years. It is $1,656.00 per month. I also worked for over 20 years and paid into social security, but mine was only going to be $786.00 per month. I have worked for a school district for almost 25 years and have not paid into social security but into PERA. My question is: Will my PERA retirement reduce the spousal benefits to nothing? Is there anything else that factors into this?

Does This Information Change Your Answer?

Thank you Larry for answering my question. I'm not sure why I would fall under the WEP if I paid into the national health system to qualify for a pension in the UK and Canada Pension Plan). I've paid what I needed to in order to get a pension and also social security in the USA. I'm sorry if my question was misleading, I saw an answer on your website mentioning something about working for the government, and may have given the impression I didn't pay the required amounts from my wages. In all cases, I have always had drawn from my wages the required amounts.

Will My Social Security Disability Be Affected By My Husband's CSRS Pension?

Hi Larry, I am currently collecting Social Security Disability. I worked for the Census Bureau for about 20 years. My husband has worked for the Postal Service for 45 years and will be retiring soon. He is a CSRS employee. Will my Social Security be affected by his pension income? Thank you for your help.


Is There Any Way For Me To Regain A Full Pension From America?

I am an American citizen, I moved to Canada when I left the US Air Force. I retired at 67 and applied for my Social Security benefits. I also qualified and paid into Canada's Old Age Pension and receive a pension. The US steals half the pension in a clawback that I and my employers paid into to qualify. Is there any way to regain a full pension from America?


Was It Correct For Social Security To Deduct My Husband's UK Social Security From His US Social Security?

My husband died in 2011. He was born in the UK. He worked there from age 15 to age 29 when he emigrated t the USA. He worked in the USA where he became an American citizen from age 29 to age 65. When he received his social security pension they deducted his small social security pension from the UK. Which he did pay taxes in the U.S. on. Recently I was told this should not have happened. Your opinion


Will The Fact That I Receive Divorced Spousal Benefits From CSRS Cause My Social Security Benefits To Be Reduced?

After reading Get What’s Yours that you “co-authored”, i have the following question: I am 64, divorced at 60. I receive a portion of my ex’s CSRS pension (he is 77) as he worked for the feds most of his career.

Will I Be Able To Get At Least Some Of My Social Security?

My husband is 65 and I am 55, we are both working full-time. He is planning on applying for his social security when he turns 66 but will continue to work. I work for the Texas Ed Agency and have 19 years of service and I also have 10 years of service working outside of TEA. I keep hearing that maybe yes, maybe no I will be able to get some of my social security. I also heard that it may be better to resign from TEA instead of retiring and rolling over my TEA to my Roth and that way I can get both. It's very confusing and I want to maximize my benefits.

Could My SS Check Be Offset By Two Thirds Instead Of One Half Of The Amount Of My Civil Service Pension?

I was married to my husband a few days less than 9 months when he died. We both worked for the Postal Service - this was in 1986. I retired on disability from the Postal Service only - not SS in 1989. In 2001 when I became 62 was told I was eligible for his social security and mine too since I was married to him at the time of his death but WHEN the about was figured the lady at SS office said I would draw more on mine. It was offset by two-thirds of my meager disability pension from the Postal Service.