Thank you for the information. I am sorry that I missed the portion that you cited:
No, the applicant paid zero social security taxes during her 14 yrs of teaching and membership in the State Retirement System. You have correctly quoted part of SSA Publication No. 05-10007, ICN 451453.
BUT, where you stopped it goes on to say:
"Also, there are other situations where Social Security benefits as a spouse, widow, or widower will not be reduced, for example, if you:
*Received or were elegible to receive a federal, state or local government pension before July 1, 1983, and were receiving one-half
support from your spouse"
Is this something we have missed all these years? -- or are there conditions precedent to qualifying under the special situation outlined above?
Response: There are no conditions precedent. However, the claimant must provide evidence to Social Security Administration of eligibility under the special situation by providing pension and spousal support information and documentation.