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If my government pension is suspended or reduced, will my Social Security benefits increase?

En español | No, not if you are receiving retirement benefits. Benefit reduction from the Windfall Elimination Provision (which only affects retired-worker benefits) does not depend on the amount of the pension (as it does for spouse/widow(er) benefits under the Government Pension Offset). Rather, for the WEP, the benefit reduction depends on the number of years under covered employment. If the number of years under covered employment has not changed, then reducing/stopping the pension will have no effect. As always, we recommend you contact the Social Security Administration for specific answers to your questions.

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