I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your husbands' situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
I'm very sorry, but the law has not changed as regards the set off under the Government Pension Offset
(GPO) which decreases benefits payable under a survivor benefit if the surviving spouse
also collects a pension that was earned when receiving wages that were not taxes by social security. I'm very sorry.
While there are more complicated calculations that must be done, as an estimate,
if a person qualified for their non-social security pension after December 1, 1982, and they worked less than 20 years in a job where they paid social security taxes, then two-thirds of their non-social security pension benefit would be applied (deducted) against any expected Social Security benefit.
I wish you the best in 2013.
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