Q. I am about to receive monthly Social Security disability benefits. Since March of this year, I have received a small retirement check from the California State Teacher’s Retirement System. Will my teacher’s retirement affect my Social Security disability benefits?
A. Your Social Security benefit may be subject to the Social Security Act’s Windfall Elimination Provision. This provision requires the use of a reduced calculation method for determining Social Security when a wage earner has also earned a pension from non-Social Security covered employment unless he or she has at least thirty years of substantial Social Security earnings.
Social Security Administration fact sheets about the Windfall Elimination Provision can be found at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/wep-chart.html , http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10045.html#amount , and http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/anyPiaWepjs04.htm