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Non-Covered Pension - WEP / GPO

Would I Be Able To Get Social Security Benefits Without A Reduction?

I had worked under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas for
27 years, but was grandfathered under the Employment Retirement System (ERS) of Texas and retired with them with a combined total years of 30 years of service. The ERS does not fall under the Windfall E Provision but the Teacher Retirement did. Would I be able to get full social security benefits without have a reduced social security benefit?

Posted: 
Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 07:30

Will Either WEP Or GPO Reduce My Divorced Spouse's Benefits If I Receive A Belgian Government Pension?

At FRA I will start drawing USA Divorced Spouse Social Security Benefits (I was married 20 years and never remarried). I am also eligible for a government pension (SS) from Belgium. Will either WEP or GPO apply and reduce my Divorced Spouse Social Security because of my Belgian govt pension? Thank you in advance.

Posted: 
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 18:15

Why Did Social Security Take Away The Amount Of My Swedish Pension From My Social Security Benefit Here?

I am from Sweden and got to this country December 1979,i had never been in the us before. I worked In Sweden for 7 years before I got to US I worked for a small Swedish with no contact with us.. I started to work in us after I got married in September of 1980 and I worked of and on till I retired in 2019 at age of 67 I worked about 23 years in us. When I applied for my SOC I told that I got a small SOC. From Sweden for the 7 years I worked. Before coming to us and because of that they took of that amount on my us social security and called it windfall, how come??

Posted: 
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 07:37

How Will WEP & GPO Apply In Our Case?

Hi Larry,
As of the writing of this question, I am 52 and my wife is 50. On December 31, 2013 I retired from a Career with the State Police with a full pension. My current pension is roughly $101,000 and increases by $360 per year. When I left the State Police, I took employment in the federal government and remain employed by the federal government. I now have enough quarters for social security benefits and when I go to the mysocialsecurity website it says:

Posted: 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 11:02

How Much Will My Social Security Benefit Be Reduced By WEP?

How much will my SS be reduced by WEP? My birthday is 9/29/1952. I qualified for full retirement in 2018 at age 66. I am currently still working. I have 22 qualifying years of paid ss as of 2020. For a few years I taught school and didn't pay into SS. Then I worked for a university and paid into SS. As best as I can figure, my WEP might be a reduction of $358 per month?

Hi,

Posted: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 12:41

Is The Reduction In My Wife's Benefit Due To GPO Correct?

My wife collects social security. A little from her w2 earnings and more from her half of my social security. When her payments started, they were reduced by about $30 per month due to GPO. She worked for about 10 years for the local school district in s part time job. They had a savings plan and my wife contributed about $4000 to it and the school district contributed about $1000. So in less than 3 years, the GPO will eat up all the school districts contribution and in less than 14 years, it would eat up both the schools contribution and my wife’s contribution.

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 11:55

Will My Benefit Be Reduced Due To My Husband's Pension?

Hi Larry,
I receive my deceased spouses firefighter pension. I work full time as a teacher and my pay is subject to social security tax. Will my benefit be reduced due to my husbands pension?

Hi,

No. Receiving a pension that's based on a spouse's work and earnings could never cause your own Social Security benefits to be reduced.

Best, Jerry

Posted: 
Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 09:53

Why Wasn't The Recent Congressional Bill To Repeal WEP Called For A Vote?

The Social Security Act had 264 cosponsors in the last House of Representatives. Why wasn't it called for a vote? It had bipartisan support to repeal Wep.

Hi,

I assume you are referring to "H.R. 141 (116th): Social Security Fairness Act of 2019" (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr141/summary), which would amend the Social Security Act to eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision.

Posted: 
Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 16:06
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