Drawing from spouse's retirement


Q. I retired from CSRS on disability. I have my 40 quarters. My wife is retired from Social Security. Can I draw from her account at age 62?

A. Because you are receiving an annuity from a retirement system in which you didn’t pay Social Security taxes, any spousal Social Security benefit to which you are entitled will be affected by the windfall elimination provision. The WEP will reduce that benefit by $2 for every $3 you receive in your CSRS annuity.


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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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