Maximize My Social Security Software

What Can We Do With The Software?

Larry, we just purchased your software license for households. My wife and I would like to know about different scenarios--such as I take SSA at 62, or FRA, even age 70--and my wife take it at different times at FRA,while I take it as above, or she waits till age 70, that possible with the software. We were overwhelmed with all the numbers....


Ron and Bets

Hi Ron & Bets,

Does My Wife Need To Wait A Year To Apply For Spousal Benefits?

I am 65 , DOB 2/9/1952, My wife is 66, DOB 2/9/1951. She did not work she was a homemaker with our 5 children. Does she need to wait one year until I reach 66, my FRA, to apply for her spousal benefits. I purchased your software. On the What If annual benefits it shows a full earnings deduction of all of our Social security benefits this year. It appears she should wait one year. I am thinking of applying for both our benefits next year and putting the money in my 401k.


What If I Have A Question About Calculations Made By The Software?

Hi Larry,
I am fun of your publications since 2014. I am 66 and my husband is 67. We are still working and planning to do so for couple more years. My current spousal benefit is $1,109. It was $1,106 in 2016 based on $2,212 PIA for my husband.
I am using your software for the second year and I just found a discrepancy. Per your calculation, my spousal benefit for 2017 should be $1,132 not $1,109. I hope it is not an error!

What If I Have Questions About The Software?

I enrolled in the Maximizing software service today and ran a couple of scenarios. I like the service, but it isn't clear to me if you take into consideration the social security taxes that I will continue to pay in if I elect to work until I'm 70. If not netted out against the increased benefits of waiting it would give a skewed answer.

Hi Kevin,

Would It Make Sense For Me To Purchase Your Program?

Does it even make sense for me to purchase your program to determine if claiming divorced spousal benefits would be recommended for me? I just read the new edition of "Get What's Yours," so I know I'm not grandparented from the new 2015 rules. I do know that I qualifty for divorced spouse benefits by length of marriage and time of divorce. I'm born 07/57 and my former spouse 11/65. I retired in 2014 and believe she had higher earnings for at least the last ten years and probably plans on working until her FRA.

When Would Be The Best Time To Purchase Your Software?

Currently near age 59 and my wife near age 58, when would be the best time for us to purchase your software for evaluating our best case retirement strategies?


It's never to early to start planning for retirement, so you might want to start now. However, you can't apply for Social Security retirement or spousal benefits until age 62, so you could probably wait a while if the $40 per annum fee doesn't fit in your budget.

Best, Jerry