Government Pension Offset (GPO)

If you receive a pension based on your employment by the US federal government, state governments, or other political subdivisions not covered by Social Security, then any spouse’s, divorced spouse’s, widow(er)’s, divorced widow(er)’s, or deemed spouse’s benefits may be reduced if you receive periodic payments based on that employment. For everyone who began or will begin receipt of his or her government pension in December 1984 or later, the GPO reduces your Social Security benefit by two-thirds of the amount of your government pension.

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