Filing For Benefits

What Are Filing and Suspending and Filing a Restricted Application?

What is the difference between a restricted filing and file and suspend. What is a restricted filing? Thanks, John

John, restricting your application simply means filing for just one benefit when eligible for more than one, which is not the same as filing for your retirement benefit and then suspending it in order to earn delayed retirement credits of 8% per year applied monthly. Thanks, John

How Do I Choose Between Benefits?

Mr. Kotlikoff, I was married for more than 10 years, my ex-spouse passed away last year at age 64. I will be 63 this year. I have visited the social security office a few times to ask questions. I was given a printout last December showing the deceased ex-spouse benefit I would receive (shows how much it would go up each month until I turn 66). I would get from his benefit, more than double what I would receive on my own work record. I am thinking of retiring later this summer, 2016.