My non resident and non U.S. citizen spouse is applying for social security benefits. We currently reside part of the year in Florida and the rest of the time in Brazil. My wife is an Italian citizen. She is 64.5 years old When social security administration asks about income are they only asking about U.S. sources? She has never worked in the U.S. but does have a social security number that she received in the 70's when she was in the U.S. on a student visa. If she works in Brazil for a non U.S. company does that income affect her eligibility?
BACKGROUND: Due to the teriible economy, globilization and my age, I have not worked full time for over 3 years. And, after exhausting all my personal resources 2 years ago, have gone on government assistance. At my renewal meeting this week they just told me that I MUST file for Early Retirement Social Security. So I did so and I was just informed that my first SS check will be on November 16.
I turned 66 this july. If I file to collect spousal benefits on my ex-husband's earnings, (he's 67 and we were married 24 years), is there a limit to the earnings I can make until I'm 70 and file to collect my own benefits?
I will be full retirement age in June 2017. Am I allowed to earn $41,880 in the first 5 months of the year without being penalized? Or is the maximum $41,880 divided by 12 for a monthly max amount of $3490?
Hello. If I take a job after I reach FRA which pays much less than what I earned in my lifelong job of more than 35 years, do I run the risk of reducing my monthly benefit?
Thanks for your guidance. Arthur
No, Arthur. The Earnings Test ends the day you reach full retirement age. best, Larry
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