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I recently received a letter from SS that seemed to state that my benefits are being reduced. Can you clarify this, please? Nancy E. Cazalet###-##-#### Birth date 3/22/1947

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The letter states that my monthly benefit was changed to $482.80 as of January 2017. This was based on work that was not covered by Social security. I do not understand to what this is referring.

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If you work for a federal, state or local government agency, a nonprofit organization or in another country, you may be eligible for a pension based on earnings not covered by Social Security.
A pension based on earnings not covered by Social Security can affect the amount of your Social Security benefit.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) reduces your Eligibility Year (ELY) benefit amount before it is reduced or increased due to early retirement, delayed retirement credits, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA), or other factors.

Following Windfall Elimination Provision factsheet explains whether you might be affected.
https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10045.pdf
Please note - if you paid Social Security tax on 30 years of substantial earnings you are not affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

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