4 Years of earnings are indexed up to the second calendar year before the year of earliest. (See the information from Social Security on the “Windfall Elimination Provision” at for more. , January , ICN [] Get Accessible Adobe from your salary, such as a government agency or an employer in another country, the .

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We can provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day. I spent the bulk of my life working for the federal government. There are a number of things you can do online. But almost all of these folks are not lifetime low-income workers like my neighbor’s maid, Maria.

The Windfall Elimination Provision affects how the amount of your retirement or disability benefit is calculated if you receive a pension from work where Social Security taxes were not taken out of your pay.

Windfall Elimination Provision

Ten years of Social Security work is the minimum. Beforepeople who worked puubs in a job not covered by Social Security had their Social Security benefits calculated as if they were long-term, low-wage workers. But folks such as myself, who were hired before then, were covered by the civil service retirement system, not Social Security. I’ve done it in many past columns.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Need to know more? You would only be affected by the WEP if you earned a pension from other employment and did not pay 1045 security taxes while in that position. So poor people get a rate of return pkbs can be up to 90 percent.

Windfall Elimination Provision – Wikipedia

There is a companion law called the “windfall elimination provision,” more commonly known by its acronym, WEP, which usually reduces any Social Security retirement benefits earned at side jobs by folks who spent the bulk of their life working at a job that was not covered by Social Security. But I spent some time at jobs where I did pay into Social Security — a few years before I got hired by the feds and some more years after I retired.

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The Social Security Amendments of Public Law provided for the WEP as a means of eliminating the “windfall” of social security benefits received by beneficiaries who also receive a pension based on work not covered by Social Security.

For example, lower-paid workers could get a Social Security benefit that equals about 55 percent of their pre-retirement earnings. And that includes a WEP reduction, which I will explain. The Special Minimum PIA, intended to assist individuals with low earnings over their working life, has been in effect on all benefits payable since January Update your Email Subscription: That is accomplished via a benefit formula structured to give poor people a better deal than their wealthier 1045. Whereas Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits take into account the amount of benefits the primary beneficiary may have received while living, a fictitious amount is created as if WEP did not apply for this purpose.

The Social Security benefit formula uses a year base. The Windfall Elimination Provision primarily affects you if you earned a pension in any job where you did not pay Social Pubss taxes and you also worked in other jobs long enough to qualify for a retirement or disability benefit.

They have two publications on their website that may be helpful, too: At the bottom of the home page, click the “Publications” link. This includes an effect upon the maximum total benefits paid on the record as well. I don’t have the space to get into the nitty gritty of the Social Security benefit computation formula in pubw column today. Most folks impacted by WEP despise the law, until they understand why it exists. See the first table that lists the amount of substantial earnings for each year.

For those who reach 62 or became disabled in or later, the 90 percent factor is reduced to 40 percent. To explain the ppubs for the law, I’ve got to start out telling you fov true story.


Your Social Security retirement or disability benefits may be reduced If you work for an employer who does not withhold Social Security taxes from your salary, such as a government agency or an employer in another country, the pension you get based on that work may reduce your Social Security benefits.

If you get a pension from a job goc was not covered by Social Security, that pension will be treated just like a Social Security retirement pension, and it will be used to offset any benefits you might be due on a spouse’s Social Security record.

Since the WEP does not apply after the death of the primary beneficiary, it is never used for survivors.

I currently have about 15 years of Social Security covered employment. In other words, there are 20 years of “zero” earnings on my Social Security record.

They had the advantage of receiving a Social Security benefit representing a higher percentage of giv earnings, plus a pension from a job where they did not pay Social Security taxes.

For more information, the Social Security Administration website is www. After all, Frank’s monthly Social Security check is much higher than Maria’s. And the WEP law recognizes that.

We separate your average earnings into three amounts and multiply the amounts using three factors. How does it work? Is it true that my state pension will be offset by my social security income once I start drawing Social Security?

We strive to provide the most accurate information ogv in our answers to Rumor Central questions. When calculating based on the year of eligibility, the year in which the beneficiary was eligible for both a Title II Social Security Benefit and the non-covered pension. However, occasionally, laws, policies or provisions change and individual circumstances may vary.

It also does not apply if:.