As a Texas Teacher, Will I Avoid the Social Security WEP?

Chris Reddick |

For many Texas teachers who will receive TRS, you should understand the rules for getting Social Security. If you have paid into Social Security and expect to receive this retirement benefit and a government pension, such as TRS, you may see your Social Security benefit reduced due to the Windfall Elimination Provision (“WEP”).

To help make the WEP rules easier for us to understand, we have created the “Will I Avoid The Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision” flowchart. It addresses some of the most common issues that arise when you might be subject to the WEP and considers the following:

  • Impact of hiring date
  • Pensions that trigger the WEP
  • Substantial earnings test
  • Importance of age 62
  • WEP calculation


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