I paid into a Social Security Alternative Retirement Program for 17 years while working part time for my local School District. I left my position in 2016 but did not officially retire. I did file to start receiving Social Security at full retirement age (66) last April (2019). One reason I did not tap into my school retirement fund was to allow the account to build up a little interest first and not worrying about running out of money that much sooner. I have less than $18,000.00 in that account. Now i'm being hounded by the SSA asking why I haven't started receiving my pension yet and when I expect to start receiving it. I thought I didn't legally have to start withdrawing my pension until age 70 1/2. I have papers I have to fill out now and return to them soon and need advice as to how to handle this. I'm sure it has to do with the "Windfall Elimination Provision" but the amount I have in the account is very small, so I don't know how they can justify reducing the small amount of SS I now receive from them. Please advise on what I should do.
In my opinion this is a question best asked of a tax attorney or cpa. I have moved the question to the tax forum.
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