Hi Larry... I am listening to the "Get What's Yours" book on CD. Great stuff! Anyway, my question has to do with Totalization agreements the US has with other countries (in my case Australia) and their impact on spouse benefits.
I am married to a Japanese citizen who will be eligible for various government pension benefits from Japan. She is 57 years old as I write this. She has never worked in the USA and has not contributed anything to the social security system. I am a 63 year old US citizen and have contributed since my teens. I plan to wait until 70 before I apply for benefits. The USA and Japan have a Totalization Agreement that addresses social security benefits and payments for individuals and employers that are subject to payments to/from both countries.
I am 65 years old, and a natural born American citizen with enough credits to qualify for full Security Security benefits at age 66. My wife is 58 years old and a German citizen who immigrated to the US in 1999, and she has been a lawful US resident (green card holder) since that time. We have been married 18 years. Prior to immigrating to the US, my wife did not have any US-based income and worked only for German private companies with no connection to the US, so none of her German earnings were subject to US Social Security taxes.
I resided in Canada for 33 years. When I turned 62 I applied for SS retirement. At the time I was receiving Canada Disability payments. So SS decided to claw back about $190. When I turned 65 in 2014 my disability stopped and I only received money I paid into Canada Pension Plan. SS told me let them know when I stopped receiving CPP. So now I am trying to get SS to give me my original amour of benefit which was supposed to be $690. They were only giving me $477. per month since 2014.
Before I moved to the United States. I lived and worked in London, England until I was about 27(1972).
I have worked since then 100% in the United States. I began collecting Social Security the age of 70, and also found out that I was eligible to receive a UK pension around the same time. However, I received my US pension before I received the UK pension by about a year and declared my UK pension a few months ago(my birthday is July 1945).
Hi, I write to you from France, where I moved at the age of 24. I have now lived half my life in this country and remain an American citizen. I have been wondering about my social security benefits. I worked on and off in the US from the age of 14 until I moved to France. I can't imagine I would have any retirement benefits, but would the meager amount I earned back then have been accounted for and what can I do to contribute to my American social security while living in France? Thanks, Kris
I have Americain and Canadian citizenship and worked inthe US for about 20 years before moving to Europe and then Canada. I have worked in Canada about 24 years and I am now 68. I claimed SS when I turned 65, but deferred my Canadian retirment payments unitl I turned 67 and fully retired in June 2015.
I was born and raised in the UK, and started paying USA Social Security taxes when I moved to the USA in my late 20's and began working here as a legal alien. Many years later I became a USA citizen.