WEP and taxes


Q: I worked  four years in a supermarket and another 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, bringing my U.S. Social Security years worked up to 24.I returned to Spain and began working and now have 20 years in the Spanish Social Security system which gives me another retirement. I paid taxes on my U.S. earnings at the time and now pay taxes on my Spanish earnings. If you are paying taxes does the WEP come into play?

A: Yes, you will be subject to the windfall elimination provision if you have fewer than 30 years of substantial earnings under Social Security.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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