Did you know that if you don’t pay Social Security taxes on your earnings AND you are eligible for Social Security benefits, the formula used to figure your benefit amount may be reduced? This is known as the Windfall Elimination Provision, or WEP.
Additionally, if you receive a retirement or disability pension from a federal, state, or local government based on your own work for which you didn’t pay Social Security taxes, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may reduce your Social Security spouses or widows/widowers benefits. This is known as the Government Pension Offset, or GPO.
If you will be affected by either of these provisions, this video hosted by Vonda VanTil, a Public Affairs Specialist with the SSA will walk you through WEP and GPO in detail and provide resources to help you better understand your Social Security options.