RS DAL00605.361 Exceptions to WEP - Dallas

POLICY

1. Exception Based on Years of Coverage

Workers who have 30 years of coverage (YOC) are fully exempt from WEP. Workers with 21 to 29 YOCs are eligible for a partial exemption. The percentage used at the first bendpoint is the higher of the percentage based on (1) attainment of age 62 or disability or (2) on YOCs.

All wages, including military service wage credits, from 1937 to present on the earnings record are used to determine the total number of YOCs for WEP purposes. RS 01701.000 provides the policy on when wage credits can be granted for pre-1957 military service. When it is determined that wage credits can be granted and military service evidence has been secured, the credits are added to the earnings record and treated as regular covered wages for determining YOCs. When it is determined that wage credits cannot be granted (i.e., military service used by another federal agency) or evidence has not been received, then nothing is added to the earnings record. When alleged military service is input, the system considers all military service as proven when calculating YOCs for a WEP exemption. Therefore, the adjudicator must recognize and document all military service used to determine WEP YOCs, especially pre-1951 military service when a New Start 1978 PIA computation applies.

The chart below can be used to manually determine the number of YOCs.

Divide total pre-1951 wages by $900.

Drop any remainder. Total cannot exceed 14. TOTAL

Circle the year where the posted amount including covered railroad wages and deemed/gratuitous military wages exceeds the total in the "Amount" column.

YEAR

AMOUNT

YEAR

AMOUNT

1951

$ 900.00

1976

$ 3825.00

1952

$ 900.00

1977

$ 4125.00

1953

$ 900.00

1978

$ 4425.00

1954

$ 900.00

1979

$ 4725.00

1955

$1050.00

1980

$ 5100.00

1956

$1050.00

1981

$ 5550.00

1957

$1050.00

1982

$ 6075.00

1958

$1050.00

1983

$ 6675.00

1959

$1200.00

1984

$ 7050.00

1960

$1200.00

1985

$ 7425.00

1961

$1200.00

1986

$ 7875.00

1962

$1200.00

1987

$ 8175.00

1963

$1200.00

1988

$ 8400.00

1964

$1200.00

1989

$ 8925.00

1965

$1200.00

1990

$ 9525.00

1966

$1650.00

1991

$ 9900.00

1967

$1650.00

1992

$10350.00

1968

$1950.00

1993

$10725.00

1969

$1950.00

1994

$11250.00