Miscellaneous

Is There Any Way Out For Us?

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I retired on SSDI in 2001 I am currently 63, my husband retired on SSDI 3 years ago. we have very little to pay our bills with yet SSDI says we don't qualify for extra help our income is too much. the doughnut "hole" is now $9000 dollars a year to us. is there anything we can do at this point. we are fighting to hang on to our home but it becomes rougher every year.

Will My Teacher's Pension Keep Me From Drawing Social Security?

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I taught school in Wyoming for 32 years and paid into Social Security all that time..I now have a pension from my school district and will turn 66 in Jan. can I draw my Social Security that I paid into for 30 some years...my fear is having a pension will eliminate me drawing asocial security.

Hi,

Pensions based on work that was subject to Social Security taxes have no adverse effect on Social Security benefits. Therefore, it sounds like the pension you receive won't have any effect on your Social Security benefits.

Is There Anything That My Husband And I Can Do To Increase Our Benefits?

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My husband was on 100% disability benefits beginning age 60 which automatically changed to Social Security benefits when he turned 65. Because we became permanent guardians of my grandchild I took my social security benefit at age 64. I have continued to work part-time. Both my husband and I are now 66 years old. Is there anything we can do now to increase our benefits or increase benefits in case one of us dies before our grandchild is 18. She is 6 now and we depend on both our benefits to raise her.

How Can I Prove That I Lived In The U.S. With My Husband For More Than 5 Years?

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How can I prove that I did live in the USA with my husband in the 1970"s for over 5 years, am now applying for widow's benefit, am 73 years old and never worked while living in the USA as I stayed at home to care for my little son, and the Social Security Dept is telling me I need to show proof! My husband was receiving his benefits before he died here in Trinidad.

Hi,

Should My Wife Be Eligible For Unreduced Spousal Benefits If She Has A Disabled Child In Her Care?

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I am 66 and just began collecting SS in April $2,272 . My spouse, 64, has been collecting since 62 $602 on her account. We have a disabled 23 year old child in care who is on SSI since 18. My wife was told by soc sec worker that her benefit after increase for spousal benefit, is reduced by the early filing discount.

How Should I Report A Problem In SSA's Online Application Process?

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I recently discovered what seems to be a systemic problem with the SSA online application for spousal benefits and would like to bring this to the attention of an appropriate person at SSA. My wife applied online but was awarded retirement rather than spousal benefits. We have now been told by three different SSA workers that this is a common problem with online spousal benefit applications. All three also said that my wife must file a withdrawal of application form, wait for SSA to approve the withdrawal, and then apply in person for spousal benefits.

Should Benefits Due To My Deceased Brother Be Paid To His Next Of Kin?

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My intellectually disabled brother passed away about 8 weeks ago unexpectedly at the age of 52. About a year ago, he applied for SS disa bility benefits. Shortly before his death, he was approved and the funds (calculated from his date of filing) were deposited into his checking account. Shortly after his death, this deposit was removed from his account. There were no notifications sent or explanations made. Since these funds were due to him for the time that he was alive, wouldn't my parents (his next of kin) be entitled to receive this? Thanks for your help.