Do ESB Calculations Apply When Filing A Restricted Application For Spousal Benefits?

Aug 6 2018 - 4:37pm

Do ESB calculations apply when filing a Restricted Application for Spousal Benefit? I am approaching 66 (my wife is 2 years older and no longer working). I still work and make significantly more than my wife did. I would like to file a restricted application and wait until 70 to file for full benefits. Will I get 50% of my wife's FRA or will it be subject to the ESB calculation?


I'm sorry, but I don't know what you're referring to by 'ESB calculations'. In any case, if you file a restricted application for spousal benefits only at your full retirement age (FRA) or later, you would receive a spousal benefit rate equal to 50% of your wife's full retirement age rate (i.e. PIA, or primary insurance amount). In order for you to be eligible for spousal benefits, though, your wife must be drawing her benefits.

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Best, Jerry