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Social Security Items of Interest
January 24, 2023

Windfall Elimination Provision Which May Reduce My Social Security Benefits Because of Pensions I Receive

Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) affects how we calculate your Social Security retirement or disability benefits if you receive a pension from work not covered by Social Security such as a foreign country pension.

For more information concerning the Windfall Elimination Provision please see: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/wep.htm


Information About Totalization Agreements and International Programs?

The United States has bilateral Social Security agreements with 30 countries. The agreements improve benefit protection for workers who have divided their careers between the United States and another country. They also eliminate dual Social Security coverage and taxes for multinational companies and expatriate workers. Look here for an overview of the agreements, as well as the text and a detailed description of each agreement.

For more information, please visit International Programs- International Programs and Resources (ssa.gov)

Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire (Forms SSA-7161 or SSA-7162) and Foreign Enforcement Suspensions

Each year some beneficiaries are required to complete the Form SSA-7161 or SSA-7162. The form is sent with a return envelope to the SSA facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the form is to ensure SSA has the correct address and phone number on file and that circumstances that may affect payment have been reported.

The forms are mailed in May each year. A follow up notice is sent in October and December if the completed questionnaire has not been received. Failure to provide the required completed questionnaire will result in suspension of benefits effective the payment due on February 3.

In the case of benefits being suspended, please contact the Federal Benefits Unit immediately by email (fbu.dublin@ssa.gov) for assistance in completing the form, and resumption of your benefits.