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I am a retired civil servant and was denied my husbands ss (his only retirement income) because of civil service retirement. Is there any chance I can appeal this?

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Not sure what you want to know. My husband's ss was terminated when he died based on my receiving a civil service retirement. It was his only retirement income that he paid into.

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Social Security Expert: TaxRobin, Tax Preparer replied 8 months ago
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Social Security Expert: TaxRobin, Tax Preparer replied 8 months ago

You are being effected by SSA law that applies to Government Pension Offset rules.

If you receive a pension from a government job in which you did not pay Social Security taxes, some or all of your Social Security spouse's, widow's or widower's benefit may be offset due to receipt of that pension. This offset is referred to as the Government Pension Offset, or GPO.

The GPO will reduce the amount of your Social Security spouse's, widow's or widower's benefits by two-thirds of the amount of your government pension. For example, if you receive a monthly civil service pension of $600, two-thirds of that, or $400, must be used to offset your Social Security spouse's, widow's or widower's benefits. If you are eligible for a $500 spouse's benefit, you will receive $100 per month from Social Security ($500 - $400 = $100).

I sincerely ***** ***** could tell you differently. There are some exceptions.

Generally, your Social Security benefits as a spouse, widow or widower will not be reduced if you:

  • Are receiving a government pension that is not based on your earnings; or
  • Are a federal (including Civil Service Offset), state or local government employee whose government pension is based on a job where you were paying Social Security taxes; and
    • you filed for and were entitled to spouse’s, widow’s or widower’s benefits before April 1, 2004;
    • your last day of employment (that your pension is based on) is before July 1, 2004; or
    • you paid Social Security taxes on your earnings during the last 60 months of government service. (Under certain conditions, fewer than 60 months may be required for people whose last day of employment falls after June 30, 2004, and before March 2, 2009.)
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