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End Social Security's Penalty on Fire Fighters - Repeal the WEP/GPO
When fire fighters work a second job, they are often unaware of the Social Security penalty awaiting them in retirement. Fire fighters who paid into Social Security through a second job expect to receivie these benefits when they retire. Unfortunately, if these retirees didn't also pay into Social Security through their fire department, their benefits will be dramatically reduced. The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) are two provisions that allow the federal government to reduce retired fire fighters' Social Security benefits - even if they paid if they paid these taxes through a second job. The IAFF opposes this unfair penalty on retired fire fighters and strongly supports legislation to repeal the WEP and GPO. 
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