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$0 a month 6 3.95%
$1-250 a month 3 1.97%
$251-500 a month 3 1.97%
$501-750 a month 6 3.95%
$751-1,000 a month 11 7.24%
$1,001-1,250 a month 18 11.84%
$1,251-1,500 a month 38 25.00%
$1,501-1,750 a month 43 28.29%
$1,751-2,000 a month 14 9.21%
$2,001-2,250 a month 5 3.29%
$2,251-2,500 a month 2 1.32%
$2,501-2,750 a month 3 1.97%
$2,751-3000 a month 0 0%
>$3,000 a month 0 0%
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:17 PM   #21
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OK, let's start over now that we're all on the same page.
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:18 PM   #22
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The SS estimate for me @ 62 is $1188/mo. I'll be happy if I get it, but not disappointed if I don't....it's just extra whipping cream on top of my pumpkin pie!
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I suspect the poll reflects the results of a few folks who are denominator challenged...
That was also my strong suspicion, as people often do not read the instructions closely. However, I couldn't rule out some "exceptions". One never could tell; the gummint often acts in mysterious ways.

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The SS estimate for me @ 62 is $1188/mo. I'll be happy if I get it, but not disappointed if I don't....it's just extra whipping cream on top of my pumpkin pie!
As someone has written, and I have to paraphrase from memory, "Hell hath no fury like a voter whose promise was broken". Particularly, if he had no pie to start out with.

So, we may all have pie without cream on top.

If you do not have a pie, one will be provided to you. And if you already do, gee, what more do you want?
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:46 PM   #24
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Just as a reminder--the annual SS "what you will get" propaganda sheet assumes you will keep working until you start drawing an SS check. So, what is written on that form is not what an early retiree should expect to get.

But, I'll comply with the directions and answer with the number from my form.
actually what it assumes is that your earning will continue in the future like your last year of record earnings i.e 2007. my "estimated taxable earnings per year after 2008" is "none" since i havent had any earned income since 2004
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:35 PM   #25
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Mine is and will be $0, I do have a Federal pension. DW was a school teacher and after 25 years she gets about $25K per year pension, her SS is estimated to be $232 a month which will be reduced about 50% because of her teacher's pension.
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I seem to be the first to have voted "zero." Neither my husband nor I qualify for SS, despite having paid into it at various jobs before being accepted into Federal government positions.

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Old 11-28-2009, 03:04 PM   #27
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I have a 22 year gap in my employment record so my benefit at 62 would be $477 according to my statement for 2008.

DH only has 36 credits so as of now he will get nothing from SS but he will get a public employees pension. Even if he does complete his credits his SS will be reduced by the WEP so I'd expect it to be very small.
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:42 PM   #28
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My answer was "0". I have a government pension that offsets the need to pay me anything. I worked between ten and fifteen years and paid into SS.
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My answer was "0". I have a government pension that offsets the need to pay me anything. I worked between ten and fifteen years and paid into SS.
You paid SS taxes for 10-15 years and get *nothing* as a result of the WEP/GPO? If so, this is a case where that really needs to be reformed. It makes sense in many situations to reduce SS payments as a result of WEP/GPO but those who paid into it for a lot of years (but less than 20) really get screwed by it.
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You are preachin' to the choir. There is nothing fair about the system. I am just very lucky that I was smart enough to go for a government job with a great pension.
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...this is a case where that really needs to be reformed...
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You are preachin' to the choir. There is nothing fair about the system...
No can do! Rightly or wrongly, if after reform someone gets more, then it means someone will get less and will be very upset.

SS is a form of welfare tax. People should, or rather have to, pay in, but should not expect a proportional pay-out.

It is a tax which by itself may not be wrong or bad. I just wish it were "advertised" as such, and not as a true retirement fund like IRA, 401k, or what have you, that the individuals should be encouraged to put aside for themselves.
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I am just very lucky that I was smart enough to go for a government job with a great pension.
So which is it -- lucky or smart?
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My DW/me will both turn 62 soon (me-Jan, she-May). Average (between both) is $1483.50 (right on top of the existing bell curve).

However, it really dosen't matter since our plan is for her to take her's in May at age 62, and I will delay mine till I turn 70 (current estimate is just under $3,100/mo, just for me).

Yes, I do believe (at our age) that it will still be there. Additionally, we will fight (via our congressman) that it continues for you "young folk" out there...
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It was lucky and smart! Lucky to get that government job with the great pension and smart to hold onto it for enough years to build the pension. Retired at 55 with very few money worries.

Had I stayed with jobs that were in the SS system I would undoubtedly be still working.

You guys that are drawing SS can thank me for my contributions! That surely wouldn't hurt anyone.....
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...we will fight (via our congressman) that it continues for you "young folk" out there...
It can only work if there will be even younger folks still to continue to pay into it. Higher birth rates? More open immigration? How do we swim against the demographic trend?
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$1,870 at 62 but probably won't work till 62.

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Hard to believe that one would get zero if they have the required 40 quarters of work in, even with a government pension. Haven't pulled up the calculator though. I've 29 years federal service but between part time jobs in high school, college, and 4 years military (1970s), I've got my 40 quarters and am eligible for SS at 62. Of course, with the Windfall provisions, I'd get something just short of $300 a month.

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However, it really dosen't matter since our plan is for her to take her's in May at age 62, and I will delay mine till I turn 70 (current estimate is just under $3,100/mo, just for me).
You might consider taking it at 62, then, at age 70, paying back what you've gotten and start at the new amount. That way, if you die at age 68, you'll have received $100,000 more than if you had waited.
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My answer was "0". I have a government pension that offsets the need to pay me anything. I worked between ten and fifteen years and paid into SS.
WEP only reduces your SS payment not eliminates it and GPO only affects you getting a spousal benefit so i think you are mistaken about getting nothing unless you didnt earn your 40 quarters
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