Windfall Elimination Provision Case Study

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The Social Security benefits calculation process ensures that retired workers of low income will receive additional Social Security benefits based on a weighted formula. Most of these workers have little savings or pension and must rely heavily on Social Security for retirement.

The "windfall elimination provision", created by Congress in 1983 when Social Security faced bankruptcy, was designed to address the situation of some retirees who received government pensions, but were still considered "low income", and thereby benefited from the prospect of increased Social Security benefits, because the retirement
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