Browsing: Windfall elimination provision

Q. My ex-wife will receive a portion of my CSRS annuity as ordered by our divorce settlement. Since she was not a federal employee is her share of the annuity subject to the windfall elimination provision? Mine will be, but since her share will come directly to her from the Office of Personnel Management is her share also subject to the WEP?

Q. I retired from civil service in 1990, started drawing my Social Security in 1996 and have received it every month since. I don’t understand, however, why the offset is deducted from my benefits that are based on my own earnings. What I receive is not a spouse or widows benefit. I am confused, and have tried several times in the last 21 years to get an explanation and always got the same reply that I was subject to the offset. I appreciate any help you can give.

Q. I am a retiree with 35 years of government service as a CSRS Offset employee. I am entitled to my full Social Security check because I have worked in private industry prior to working with the government and have over 30 years with government employment. So, I am an exception to the Windfall Elimination Provision. OPM has reduced my pension. Why is my pension being reduced?

Q. I had 10 years of federal service in December 1987, and I elected to keep my retirement in CSRS rather than FERS. We moved to where there was no federal agency nearby where I could be employed. In 2006 I was able to get back in a federal job position and I was placed in CSRS Offset when the temporary position became full time. I have now worked 10 more years in CSRS Offset. I have worked in the private sector for 30 years, paying into Social Security.

Q. Can you explain the Windfall Elimination Provision as it pertains to those of us that are CSRS? I have heard many different answers, one of which said they can’t fully offset your Social Security. I have 40 quarters from before I became a civil service employee, and in the early years I worked a part-time job. I am 3½ years away from hitting 40 years now. Will I get any Social Security? Can my husband (who is younger than me) draw against my Social Security until he hits his magic age?

Q. I understand that there is a bill in Congress to eliminate the windfall all together and reinstate the monies that have been deducted monthly. I understand that if it is passed it will only pertain to future monthly annuity and will not cause a retroactive effect back to when we retired. Can you shed any light on the status of this bill?

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