Filing For Benefits

What Amount Should My Ex-Wife Receive?

my ex wife filed for her early retirement on dec 5 2019,she turns 62 in feb 2020 she also filed on my ss retiremnt which is 2310 per mo for my full retirement at age 66. iI am now 76 ,we were married 11 years ,she has not remarried.The social security office determined an early retirement amount of 673 on her work record and an amount of 769 on my record. The office person said she would get a combined sum of 673 + 769 for a total of 1442 per month ibeleive this is incorrect, using your formulas I calculate closer to 815 per mo.

What Special Language Should I Use On My Application?

I will turn 70 in August. My wife will be 67 at that time. I want to make sure that I receive my full benefit for 70 and have no look back period applied. What special language should I use in the comments section to avoid any problems? Also, my wife will be applying as a faasf. What language should she use in the comments section to avoid receiving her own benefits. We are Maxifi members. Finally, when would be the best time to apply for both. Thanks, Mark

Hi Mark,

Is It Best To File Online, Or At The Social Security Office?

My birth date is 06-12-1950 I will be 70 on June 12th, i plan on filing for my benefits in march.Is it best to file on line or in the office. My wife will be 64 on 04-07-20 she plans to retire the end of July. I will retire dec.31-2020. She can file after me right? Will her benefits be half of mine.


I don't think there's any best way to apply for benefits. If you're comfortable filing online, then that may be easier for you. But, you could also file by phone or in person at a Social Security office. It's just up to you.

Why Was My Wife Denied Spousal Benefits?

My wife turns 66 on May 7th 2020. She doesn't qualify for benefits on her own since she was a stay at home mother. She has applied for spousal benefits to start in May of this year under my earnings record. I am already taking my benefit since I turned 66 in 2018. Social Security has denied her benefits stating that she doesn't have the needed work credits. We didn't apply on her work credits but instead applied for spousal benefits. Why was she denied? I think it is an error. We have been married for over 44 years. What do I need to do to correct the error?

Can I File For Social Security Even If I Live In Jamaica?

I work in the usa for more than10 years I was in the USarmy for 4 years and the reserves for 6 years I now lives in Jamaica can I file for social security I will be 64 in may


Yes, you can apply for Social Security benefits. You should be able to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits as long as you have at least 40 quarters, or 10 years, of Social Security coverage. However, your benefit rate will be reduced for age if you start drawing prior to your full retirement age (FRA), which if you were born in 1956 is 66 and 4 months.

Is It Possible To Do All Of My Family's Claims Online?

I will be retiring and drawing Social Security next year. I have a spouse and a disabled adult child (disabled since birth). I've purchased the software to maximize my benefits and am really happy with it. Thank you so much for that. My question is regarding filing online versus in-person. Ultimately we will be filing for my retirement benefits, my wife's retirement and spousal benefits, my daughter's SSDI on my account and my wife's caregiver for DAC benefit. Is it possible to do all of this online or must some of it be done in-person?


If I Go To The Social Security Office Are They Able To Change My Start Date To An Earlier Month?

Hello, I was approved for social security benefits 2 days ago and chose the start date to be March, thinking it would be March 1st. Now I understand the first payment wont be until April 15. I called the rep at Social Security and she told me my account had already been adjudicated so I would need to go into a local office to change the start date. I called back got a different rep who told me I would have to start the process all over from the beginning.

What Specific Remarks Do I Need To Add To My Application If I Don't Want Retroactive Benefits?

I used your software a few years ago and have read your book several times and your advice has been very helpful. My 70th birthday is this coming March 27th and am now going file for my retirement benefit, and will file online. I need to know the specific remarks I need to make in the remarks section to refuse retroactive benefits, as I do not want to make the mistake of having SS reverse my delayed credits. Thank You, John

Hi John,