Non-Covered Pension - WEP / GPO

Why Can't I Draw Widow's Benefits?

I became a widow at the age of 51. I was born in 1950. I retired from a parish office in 2011 and collect my retirement check. I went to social security to collect my widows benefit and was denied because of the amount of my retirement check. I do not understand what my retirement check has to do with me trying to collect my deceased husbands social security. We were married 17 years and 11 months when he died. I have a phone appointment scheduled for April 9 2018 because I’m now handicapped and can’t go into the office. Please advise!

The WEP Provision

My SS payment is being reduced as they are using the Windfall clause . But this is totally wrong and unfair! I paid into the Canadian system for 20 years and same for US . They are mutually exclusive meaning that my us payment was based on what I made in the US and vice versa. To put it differently when I started working on US in 95 my Canadian contribution became zero. Any other interpretations are criminally wrong! I am willing to challenge this to the Supreme Court as our rights are being abused.


Will My Social Security Benefits Be Affected If I Receive A Survivor Pension From My Husband's Work?

My husband currently receives a govt (USPS) pension. I have just filed to receive SS, and expect to receive $1200/month. He currently pays $350 a month, and has done so for 13 years, in order to insure that I can keep a portion of his pension if he passes before I do. It is not clear how much I will receive, but he currently receives $3000. I understand that if I pass first, my husband will probably receive no spousal SS benefit. But if he passes first, and I receive say $1500 in widow's govt pension, will this affect my own SS benefits? If so, by how much?

If I Elect To File For A Spousal Benefit Will The Benefit Be Subject To A WEP Reduction?

I would be subject to a WEP reduction if claiming benefits on my own record. My wife is claiming benefits and is NOT subject to WEP. If I elect the 50% spousal benefit, will the benefit be subject to a WEP reduction? Thank you.


First off, you couldn't claim just spousal benefits without also claiming your own retirement benefits unless a) you were born prior to January 2 1954, and b) you file for benefits at full retirement age (FRA) or later.

Why Can't I Draw Full Social Security Benefits?

I asked my Gov't rep but never receive an answer. I worked under social security approximately 20 yrs. I severed 4 yrs. in the US Air Force and worked at the Newport News shipbuilding beginning in 1959, AF 1960-1964, Shipyard 1964-1978. Worked under civil service under Civil Service Retirement. I had to pay back social security while I was in the AF. When I retired from the gov't I was only allowed to draw approximately one third of my social security.

Will My State Of MA Survivor Pension Cause An Offset Of My Social Security Benefits?

Hello Larry. Thank you in advance for any light you can shed on my questions. I've talked with the Social Security office a couple of times, as well as the State of Massachusetts retirement office, and I am getting differing answers. When I dropped in to my local SS office to ask questions in person I got two different calculations from the same representative and wasn't sure if any of it was correct.