Windfall elimination provision


Q. Are a spouse’s Social Security retirement benefits subject to the windfall elimination provision after the death of her husband who was a CSRS annuitant? She is eligible to receive the maximum CSRS benefit of 55 percent of her husband’s monthly annuitant benefit.

A. The WEP will not apply in the circumstance you describe: her own Social Security benefit and receiving CSRS survivor benefit.


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