Will my deceased husband’s foreign pension affect my survivor benefit?

Published: August 9, 2021

Full question: I, the beneficiary, am eligible to receive a part of my deceased husband’s UK widow’s clergy pension. Will it affect my survivor Social Security benefit?.

Hello,

No, it will not for two reasons. If you are collecting a pension benefit based on someone else’s earnings (your husband), the Government Pension Offset (GPO) rule will not affect your survivor benefit.

It only affects spousal and survivor benefits of those collecting a pension based on their own earnings. Also, the GPO rule generally does not apply to foreign pensions.

Take care,
Martha

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