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Does A Surviving Ex-Spouse Receive Credit For The Deceased Worker's Delayed Retirement Credits?

Hi Larry,
I know ex-spouse social security benefit payment do NOT include delayed credits, but do ex-spouse SURVIVOR benefits include the delay credit amount ?
Thank You


Potentially, yes. In other words, if the deceased worker earned delayed retirement credits (DRC) for deferring their entitlement past full retirement age, those DRC's would be used in calculating the benefit rate of a surviving divorced spouse drawing on that record.

Best, Jerry

May 10 2017 - 8:19am
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