Filing For Benefits

Should I Put Any Comments In The Remarks Section Of My Application?

Good morning, and thank you in advance for your help with this. Your book, software and website have been our guiding lights this past year of planning and deciding, thank you very much, our strategy is determined, and we are ready to implement. Fortunately, we both have substantial earnings, I am currently 63.8 years and will begin collecting my benefits first, and then my husband will file and restrict his application to collect spousal benefits beginning next June when he reaches age 66.

Why Does Social Security Need The Birth Last Names Of My Current And Former Spouse?

I just completed the online application process and have placed it in hold status. One question I don't understand - why do they need the birth last names of my current and former spouse? These are not the names on their SS records. I'm concerned this could cause a mismatch and produce a delay later when my spouse files a restricted application for spousal benefits. My spouse did not change her name when we married and continues to use her last name from a previous marriage. The name I used in the application for spouse information does not match mine or her current last name.

Which Application Form Will Be Used When I File For Widow's Benefits?

My husband was receiving Social Security disability benefits upon his death at age 59 in 2013. I am age 62 and want to file for my widow’s benefit to be effective January 2019. As the higher wage earner I want to wait until age 70 to take my own retirement benefits. When I apply at the Social Security office will Social Security be using Form SSA-10 (Application for Widow’s Insurance Benefits) or Form SSA-1-BK (Application for Retirement Insurance Benefits)? Or something else? I want to complete the appropriate application form in advance so I am better prepared.

Is There An Online Equivalent To Form SSA-2-BK?

I will be 66 years old in January, 2019. I would like to file for Spousal Social Security benefits, collecting one half of my husband's benefit and waiting until I am 70 years old to collect on my own earnings record. I plan to file online, and following your recommendation to specify in the "remarks" section to "exclude retirement benefits on my own record from the scope of this application." My question is: Is there an equivalent form to SSA-2-BK when filing online? I only see the one application form. Please advise.

Thank you,

What Entitlement Month Should I Put On My Application?

I turn 70 on December 28th of this year (2018). When I apply for my S.S. benefits (at age 70) what entitlement month do I put on my application--December, 2018 OR January, 2019? I want to be sure that my benefits will be based on age 70 and that I will not receive any retroactive payments that would (in effect) reduce my permanent benefit amount. Thanks.


Is There Anything We Can Do To Speed Up The Processing Of My Wife's Claim?

2 months ago I applied for social security and received a call the next day. Once i heard I was approved, my wife for spouse benefits to coincide with my start date (8/10)-its been over 2 months and she hasn't heard anything. The SS web site says her application is still processing. Is her delay in hearing about her application seem right to you? Anything we can do to speed it up? Thanks PS-Your Get What's Yours Book was very helpful


How Do I Convince The People At SSA That The Strategy Your Program Has Recommended Is Correct?

I am a widow and will be 65 on 12/31/2018. Your maximize benefits program determines that I can claim benefits on my record at 65, still work and then claim survivors benefit at age 66. Survivor benefit will be higher than my own record if I were to work until 70. I understand the survivor benefit does not increase after age 66. If SSA thinks differently, how do I convince them of the strategy that your program has determined?


What Should I Do Now?

I was trying to put my wife on my SS i went to her SS sign in just to see if i could do it now it wants me to complete page by certain dates i am afraid to do more than i have done do i need to go to SS office and fix this or can i still sign her up for mine. She is 65 and working she is going to work till age 70 she will be 66 in June 2019 can you help thank you