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This month I am writing about Social Security topics that I have received in abundance recently. The first topic is spouse benefits.
In 2009, Social Security allowed spouses to take benefits at the lower spouse rate and let their own build up.Read on for more details.
It's YOUR retirement. Stay informed,
Truth About Spousal Benefits||
|In 2009, Social Security allowed spouses to take benefits at the lower spouse rate and let their own build up.|
People have been sending me articles by "experts" giving limited or inaccurate advice. This option can only be received if you are Full Retirement Age (FRA). Currently FRA is age 66 (for people born between 1943 and 1954) and have not gotten a reduced benefit on their own Social Security record.
The wage earner, on who's record you will receive this benefit must also be FRA and have never received a reduced benefit. If you receive your own benefit beyond age 66, you get a bonus of 8% per year (.75% per month) for each year (month) you delay your own benefit until age 70. At 70, there are no additional increases for postponing your SSA benefits on your SSA record.
Is this a good deal? In many cases it is if you meet the above
qualifications. SSA has on line calculators to help you figure the
benefits and make the best choices. The calculators are at the following
web site: http://www.ssa.gov/estimator/
other popular question is if I took reduced benefits, can I return them
and then apply for my higher benefit later on or my spouse benefit. The
answer is ABSOLUTELY YES! Should I? In most cases I would not do it. |
takes about 11 years to recover and start making a profit. This does
not include potential profits from investing the money in broad based
mutual funds or similar investments as recommended by your financial
If you withdraw your claim at 66, make sure you state that you
are not withdrawing your Medicare claim. The withdrawal is for
retirement benefits only. Use the above calculator site to figure what
is best in your own instance.
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