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Old 12-06-2018, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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A long delayed spousal benefit since I was won my case. I received a call from SS asking me "there is just one more question" did you have a non governmental pension or government pension which you cashed out or did not cash out.

I have a Congressman's office pushing this so the "one more question" (applied in March should have started in June) caught me by surprise.

I have not had any pensions cashed out or otherwise. Can you decipher why they would ask me this "one final question"?

Any thoughts?
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Saint Johns, FL
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If the answer is No, just tell them. I think only a Yes could hurt.
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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A long delayed spousal benefit since I was won my case. I received a call from SS asking me "there is just one more question" did you have a non governmental pension or government pension which you cashed out or did not cash out.

I have a Congressman's office pushing this so the "one more question" (applied in March should have started in June) caught me by surprise.

I have not had any pensions cashed out or otherwise. Can you decipher why they would ask me this "one final question"?

Any thoughts?

If you are not getting any money from your employer now the answer is no. If you have worked for an employer that offered a pension it will affect your payout number. It might not eliminate it but it could reduce it.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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Thank you. I have never had any pension which pays out. I find it disturbing that since I applied in March it took a Congressional inquiry to get them to get this right. I think that I answered that question when I applied.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:05 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I didn’t think regular pension affects SS, only pension that you don’t pay SS, like the old CSRS pension, not the FERS pension.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I didnít think regular pension affects SS, only pension that you donít pay SS, like the old CSRS pension, not the FERS pension.
The FERS pension affects it only in that it raises the total income to possibly have as much as 85% of the SS become taxable. Otherwise you are correct.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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I left the person who called me detailed message on his voice mail.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I left the person who called me detailed message on his voice mail.
I hope that was enough. Besides how detailed is NO I don't have any pension? It sounds strange to me that they called and asked this, also you did not get a chance to talk to this person about whats going on and when you get the money.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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I hope that was enough. Besides how detailed is NO I don't have any pension? It sounds strange to me that they called and asked this, also you did not get a chance to talk to this person about whats going on and when you get the money.
I answered this question when I applied for spousal in March. I left a detailed response to his only question. The local Congressional aide is shepherding this through....Timeline is unknown as of today.
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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I received a written response and an apology from SS for it taking so long. Check for back $ from July forward being sent out 3-5 days!

Who say's Congress is useless.
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