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FAQs About the Windfall Elimination Provision

If you have questions about the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), we have answers. Questions specific to your own situation should be directed to your local Social Security Administration office.
Published: 06/16/2020

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provide general guidance about the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). They do not cover the Government Pension Offset (GPO). Separate FAQs for the GPO are available here.

The FAQs assume you are or were a state or local government employee who works or worked in employment not covered by Social Security. The FAQs do not address WEP issues particular to federal employees. If you have worked in both non-Social Security-covered employment for a state or local government and the federal employment, contact your local Social Security Administration office for further details.

 

Key terms in these FAQs

Government pension: A retirement benefit from non-Social Security-covered employment for a state or local government.

Non-SS-covered employment: Work you perform for a state or local government that is not covered by Social Security.

SSA: The Social Security Administration.

SS-covered employment: Work you perform that is covered by Social Security.

SLG: State or local government.

 

For more information visit our EdVotes page on retirement security.

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