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Reduction for Government Pensions
(Posted May 29, 2001)
Question 101: I'm a Federal worker, 55 years old. I have 34 years of Federal service. I plan to retire soon on a Civil Service pension. My husband is a railroad worker. Will I receive any Tier 1 or Tier 2 on his account?
Answer: Tier 1 benefits for spouses and widows (or widowers) are subject to the same "Public Pension Reduction" as Social Security benefits.
Your Tier 1 benefit will be reduced by 2/3 of you Federal Civil Service Annuity. Most likely, it will be completly wiped out since you have 34 years of Federal service and 2/3 of your Federal pension will be more than the Tier 1.
But you will still get your full Tier 2 benefit.
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