Browsing: SOCIAL SECURITY

Q. I paid 33 quarters into Social Security before retiring from my government job at the age of 55. I worked after to pay my 40 quarters needed to collect Social Security and I was still penalized over 70 percent of my monthly check and was told that had I paid my 40 quarters first before working for the government, that I would receive the full amount. I am very disappointed and feel my government owes myself and thousands of others a lot of back pay.

Q. Does the U.S. Post Office have the option of not paying into Social Security? I’m asking because my father worked for 36 years for the Post Office and was denied Social Security with the explanation that he wasn’t covered by Social Security while a Postal Service employee. This makes no sense to me because I thought that coverage was automatic and mandatory. How is it at all possible for someone to not pay into Social Security when it’s taken out of your check? Is there an option of not paying into it? Is there something that my father, as…

Q. I worked for the U.S. Air Force CSRS for many years and retired with a disability due to a car accident. I do receive a CSRS pension and a small Social Security pension. My husband worked for USAF active duty and retired after 30 years, and he passed away last month. He was receiving Social Security and an AF retirement check. The Social Security Administration says I will not get any of his Social Security, only my own small pension, because I receive a CSRS pension. Is this right and, if so, why?

Q. I retired at age 64 with 41 years and nine months. I had over 2,457 hours of sick leave. I also had two years military. At the time of retirement I did not qualify for Social Security. I am now 70 1/2 and work a part-time job. I now qualify for Social Security. Due to sick leave saved I get 82 1/2 percent of my high-3. Will applying for Social Security in any way affect my annuity?

Q. As a CSRS employee I chose to reduce my pension in order that my wife could get a spousal benefit pension when I die. She worked many years in the private sector, and her Social Security pension benefit is about $10,000 a year. Now my question: At my death, would the windfall elimination provision be applied to her spousal federal pension and reduce her Social Security pension benefit?

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