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How might a government pension affect your Social Security?

Full Question: In a previous article, you wrote about a Social Security program referred to as Government Pension Offset. This particular program should not affect me, but I may be affected by its sister program referred to as the Windfall Elimination Provision. Can you outline this Windfall Elimination Provision?

Answer: You will recall that the Government Pension Offset is a law that can reduce your Social Security Retirement if you receive a government pension from a previous employer through which you did not pay Social Security taxes. The Windfall Elimination Provision is a related, but slightly different law. Under the Windfall Elimination Provision, your Social Security retirement can be reduced if you receive a pension from an employer through which you did not pay Social Security taxes, but you qualify for Social Security from your employment at which you did pay these taxes. Read more…

Source: Richard White – elder-law attorney at JacksonWhite Attorneys at Law, via www.ArizonaSeniorLaw.com.

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