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Which Month Would I Choose To Start My Benefits If I Want To Start Drawing At Age 69?

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I will turn 69 on June 28 and I am planning on filing for my social security retirement benefit at that time. What month should I request my benefit to start in so that I will be sure to get the higher "Age 69" benefit and not the lower Age 68" benefit? Would that be in June or July? When I spoke to Social Security today, they said that it did not matter that my birthday was at the end of the month; my benefit would start in June and my first check would be sent in July. Please clarify this issue.

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Is It Correct That My Wife Can't File A Restricted Application For Spousal Benefits If I Haven't Filed For My Benefits?

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My wife was born May 6, 1953 and I was born May 2, 1955. Neither of us is currently receiving retirement benefits (RIB) or spousal benefits (SIB) and I don't intend to file for my RIB before my FRA on July 2, 2021 (and possibly not until age 70). I thought that my wife could file a restricted application now (effective as of her FRA) based on my earnings record. We went into a SS office and I was told that she could not file a restricted SIB application because I have not filed a RIB. Is this correct?

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Can I Collect Spousal Benefits At Age 66 If My Husband Hasn't Filed For His Benefits?

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My husband is not collecting his social security benefits until age 70 yrs. I am eligible for "restricted spousal benefits" as I was born in May 1953. Can I collect benefits at age 66 yrs. if as my husband hasn't filed for his benefits?

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No. Unless your husband was born prior to May 1950 and he filed for and suspended his benefits prior to April 30 2016, you couldn't be paid spousal benefits until your husband actually starts drawing his benefits.

Is It True That The Deadline For Filing A Restricted Application Is 2019?

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I was born before 1954 and, based on information I read in your excellent book, I know I am eligible to file for a restricted application on my younger wife's benefit (born in 1954) once she actually begins taking her benefit and let mine earn additional credits until age 70. We are planning on doing this in the early part of 2020. But, recently, I have read some articles on-line and in print that are stating that the ability to apply for a restricted benefit will end at the end of 2019. Is there any truth to this deadline?

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Can I Now Retroactively File A Restricted Claim For Spousal Benefits And Get A Lump Sum Payment?

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Larry, my wife is slightly older than me. She filed for SS benefits upon reaching her FRA. I chose to wait until I reach 70. Now I realize that I could have made a restricted filing for spousal benefits back when I reached FRA and such would have still allowed my own benefits to increase until I was 70. Can I now retroactively make a restricted filing for spousal benefits and get a lump some payment?

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Can My Wife Apply Effective With June And I Wait Until August?

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I was born 8/19/53 and was planning on retiring 7/31/2019 and applying for benefits in August 2019 when I turn 66. My wife was born 4/29/54 and was planning on retiring 6/29/2019 and applying for benefits in June 2019. When I put ages into the what if scenario of your program, it is showing that I need to apply the same time as my wife. So can she apply and June and me wait until August? What is our best strategy for me to get FTA benefits?

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Can I Continue To Draw Retirement And Spousal Benefits If My Husband Dies Before My FRA?

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My husband waited until age 70 to collect his benefits nearly two years ago. There is an 11 yr difference in our ages. I wilI turn 62 in six months and I was the low wage earner. I understand that if I file early it will be considered "deeming" and it will be a combination of my retirement and spousal. Can I remain on that status if my husband dies before my FRA, or does it automatically switch to survivor benefits?

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Can I File A Restricted Claim On My Ex At FRA And File On My Own At Age 70?

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HI, I JUST READ YOUR GREAT ARTICLE ON HOW SOC SEC SNUCK IN THE CHANGE WHICH POHIBITS PEOPLE ON DISABILTY FROM FILING AT FULL RETIREMENT AGE ON A SPOUSE OR EX SPOUSE ...AND THEN CONVERTING BACK TO ONES OWN CLAIM..THUS REAPING THE 32% INCREASE FROM 66 TO 70.THIS IS HORRIBLY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST DISABLED PEOPLE.MY QUESTION IS..IS THAT TERRIBLE LAW STILL IN PLACE?CAN I DO A RESTRICTED CLAIM AT FRA (66)..FILE ON MY EX AND CLAIM ON ME AT AGE 70?I WAS MARRIED FOR 10 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN DIVORCED FOR MANY YEARS.THANKS!CONNIE

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Do I Qualify For Any Benefits As A Widow In Addition To My Own Social Security?

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I am 63 and retiring in March of 2019. My husband died at age of 33; 30 years ago. Do I qualify to receive any SS benefit as a widow, along with my Social Security benefit, which is greatly reduced due to my pension income being above the threshold and subject to being taxed at the SS 85% rule. Upon his death in 1988, while working, I received a family benefit/child benefit for my two children as part of his SS benefit to augment my salary due to the age of the children (18 mo and 5 years old). Thank you...

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