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WEP/GPO Background Information

Social Security Penalties

The current Social Security system includes little-known penalties that reduce and often eliminate Social Security benefits for retired teachers in California and 14 other states. CalRTA supports solutions to the long-term financing concerns of Social Security, including repeal of these penalties which discourage people from becoming teachers.

CalRTA WEP/GPO Position Papers

Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) – Information sheet from Social Security

Government Pension Offset (GPO) – Information sheet from Social Security

Myths and Facts for the WEP and GPO

How Social Security Penalties Hurt Teachers

Social Security Fairness Website

WEP/GPO Testimonial Blog


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