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    This is a question mainly for the LE retirees out there. I retired from a police department under a hazardous duty retirement with 20 years service. During that 20 years I did not have to pay into Social Security. I retired and started work for a Sheriffs Department and I am now paying into Social Security, as I did prior to being hired by my previous department.

    I have heard of the Social Security Government Pension Offset and that it may affect my Social Security benefits when I become old enough to start drawing it. I had 10 years of paying into the system before I became a LEO and I will be paying at least another 10-15 years before I hang it up for good. Can any other retirees out there explain if this has effected their retirement and if so, how? Any information is appreciated. I looked at the Social Security web site and it might as well have been written in Romulan.

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    You might start here:

    http://www.calpers.ca.gov/index.jsp?...RETIRED&pca=ST
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      Originally posted by CCSO602
      This is a question mainly for the LE retirees out there. I retired from a police department under a hazardous duty retirement with 20 years service. During that 20 years I did not have to pay into Social Security. I retired and started work for a Sheriffs Department and I am now paying into Social Security, as I did prior to being hired by my previous department.

      I have heard of the Social Security Government Pension Offset and that it may affect my Social Security benefits when I become old enough to start drawing it. I had 10 years of paying into the system before I became a LEO and I will be paying at least another 10-15 years before I hang it up for good. Can any other retirees out there explain if this has effected their retirement and if so, how? Any information is appreciated. I looked at the Social Security web site and it might as well have been written in Romulan.
      When I turned 62 I decided to draw my SS benefit that was supposed to be about $525.00 a month. I applied and was awarded the great sum of about $225.00. Seems that the Offset cost me roughly 60%. To top that, when I turned 65 and started in the medicare program it cost me $87.00. Then on Jan 1 of the following year it went up to $98.00 and this last Jan went over $100.00. My SS take home is now about $140 or so. Hardly seems worth the effort to cut a check. Not to worry, the school teachers unions have finally had enough and they are actively trying to get all of that overturned - well, they have for the past five years or so! Perhaps, when you reach retirement age it will all be taken care of in the positive.
      Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

      [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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        Thanks for the info guys! I was afraid that was what I was going to hear. Hopefully before I reach 62 they will have changed the law. Once again, thanks and stay safe!

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