Is a French Pension subject to the GPO for spousal or survivor benefits?

Published: March 22, 2023

Full question: The French pension is composed of the State pension plus what we called the Agirc Arco points.Are these money points subject to GPO when you get spousal or widow Social Security?

Hi there,

Thank you for your question about the Government Pension Offset, GPO rule.

This rule applies to dependent benefits such as spousal and survivor, but it does not apply to those benefits if it is a foreign pension.

However, if a spouse is entitled to a Social Security retirement benefit on their own record, foreign pensions are still subject to the WEP, or Windfall Elimination Provision.

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