The Government Pension Offset & Windfall Elimination Provision Why These 2 Social Security Provisions Should Be Repealed!

The GPO and WEP are unfair to public employees Prepared by SSFAIRNESS.COM For use by public in fight to repeal the GPO/WEP

Shocking facts about Social Security

Even though you and/or your spouse have paid the required minimum or more into Social Security, your benefits may be cut by thousands of dollars or completely eliminated!

Your Social Security may be in jeopardy if:

You have had two jobs: one in which you paid Social Security taxes and therefore earned your own Social Security credits and another job in which you did not pay SS taxes. Penalized by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

Your Social Security may be in jeopardy if:
Your spouse of at least ten years has earned Social Security credits. Penalized by the Government Pension Offset (GPO). a. You probably will lose all the payments due you as a dependent spouse. (e.g. a stay-at-home childcare parent) b. You will lose at least part or more often all of the Social Security retirement payments that that normally go to the widow/er.

GPO losses = Further Penalties

You must pay a higher rate Medicare premium if you lose all Social Security benefits.

You will be denied the $255 burial payment sent by the Social Security Administration to other bereaved families, if you are a widow/ widower with a government pension.

Your retirement may be in double jeopardy

It is not uncommon to be penalized by both the Government Pension Offset (GP0) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

GPO/WEP based on Faulty Assumptions

Social Security & public pensions are different. The offsets were based on a decision to treat pensions from certain public positions as if they were the same as benefits from federal programs such as Social Security, despite the fact that these “non-covered” state and local positions have nothing to do with Social Security.

Offsets equitable or inequitable?

What is unjust about GPO/WEP?

Why Social Security and public pensions are different. These pensions were earned separately and differently from Social Security, yet they are used to reduce the amount of Social Security benefits that a worker receives during retirement. When participation is required by both Social Security and also State and local pensions, the public pension is earned and collected separately.

So, Social Security should also remain separate.

Federal Tax Law differs for Social Security & public pensions
Federal tax law treats Social Security & public agency pension benefits differently. While federal income tax is collected on public agency pensions, Social Security benefits are sheltered, often completely, from this tax. State community property laws may treat them differently, also. These two differences are even more evidence that a public pension should not be used to offset the amount of Social Security earned.

They are taxed differently; they are different!

Social Security taxes are paid Therefore benefits should be paid

All who pay full Social Security contributions do not receive full benefits. The present GPO/WEP do not treat all citizens equally when computing benefits. It is possible to pay Social Security taxes of as much as $90,000 and perhaps more and, yet, receive nothing in retirement benefits.

GPO/WEP equitable or inequitable?

Affordable cost to restore these benefits which were duly paid for

The cost of repeal of the GPO/WEP is minimal when compared to the total amount paid to retirees annually. In addition, these benefits were paid for by required Social Security taxes. The cost of repeal of the GPO/WEP is only 2% of the overall Social Security costs paid to recipients. Find Estimated Trust Fund Information at http://www.ssa.gov.

Justice must prevail.

GPO/WEP discriminate against women

The GPO/WEP penalizes more women than men. The GPO currently penalizes about one half million retirees. 80% of them are women. Of those affected, the average non-covered pension for men was $961 more per month than those paid to women. (NARFE)

More women suffer and earn less!

GPO/WEP = Social In$ecurity

GPO/WEP cuts to earned benefits are substantial, commonly causing serious lifestyle reductions, sometimes even to poverty levels. 75% of those affected by GPO lose their entire spousal benefits. Even a pension of as little as $1,500/month can cause TOTAL LOSS of needed survivor benefits. Few people can survive on that amount without the addition of Social Security benefits which have been fully paid for as required.

GPO = Loss of entire benefits for 74%

GPO/WEP not well publicized
Until recently, no law existed to inform employees about the GPO/WEP penalties.
Large numbers of current public employees have not been told their public service employment is jeopardizing their already earned Social Security benefits. Careers were chosen and retirement contracts entered without knowledge of the WEP/GPO penalties. The law to notify new employees about the WEP/GPO only went into effect in 2005.

Penalized, but not told!

In 2005 law to inform new employees But, still not well understood

New Public employees still not well informed. The law to require notification of new employees about the WEP/GPO did not go into effect until 2005. Even with notification, the WEP/GPO are so lacking in logic and complex, that many of these new employees still do not understand their long term financial effects.

GPO/WEP–not logical & difficult to understand

Serious information gap remains Especially for those hired before 2005 and even pre-retirees

Furthermore, there has been no requirement that employers inform those hired before 2005 of the effect that the GPO/WEP penalties will have on their retirement income if they will be social security recipients or beneficiaries Not even pre-retirees are informed when counseled on retirement and what income to expect. Expected benefits disappear With NO prior notification!

GPO/WEP = Heroes’ Penalties

The GPO/WEP penalizes our public servants.
• One third of all U.S. educators, thereby, discouraging the choice of teaching as a profession. • State and local workers in 29 state and local governments and 18% of federal positions can be affected by offsets.

Can we as a nation afford this?

GPO/WEP needs to be repealed!

The GPO/WEP do not treat all citizens in an equitable manner when distributing Social Security benefits. Our government is built upon democratic principles, and therefore all laws should abide by the principle of equal rights for all citizens.

Change is needed for faulty provisions

Those who pay, should be those who receive

We must work for repeal of the unjust GPO/WEP!

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