Ask Larry


How Can I Find Out If Someone Can Draw From My Social Security?

How can I find out if someone else can draw from my Social Security?

Hi. I'm not sure what specifically you're referring to. The types of benefits that can be paid on a worker's record are explained on the following Social Security website: If you're divorced, Social Security can tell you whether or not a divorced spouse or a child is collecting benefits on your record, and if so, what their benefit rate is.

Monday, February 14, 2022 - 12:07

How Can I Avoid Paying 30% In Taxes As A Non Resident Living Abroad?


How can I avoid paying 30% in taxes as a non resident living abroad.

Thank you in advance.

Hi. The 30% tax withholding on Social Security benefits only applies to non-U.S citizens who are living outside of the U.S. The tax does not apply to citizens of the U.S., American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or Puerto Rico.

Sunday, February 13, 2022 - 08:16

What Can I Do?

I did not tell SS I won money at the casino and they sent me a letter saying if I did not respond right away I will lose SS and they wanted my tax papers cause I did not file with the IRS I tried calling and asking the casino for the paperwork but they said I had to come there I have no car and it would cost almost 300.00 by cab which I do not have I only get 800.00 and something from SS can they I also wrote them and told them what I just wrote but I was homeless for a year and all my belongings got sold off and my files were there.

Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 15:02

Why Were My Benefits Suspended?

My social security was suspended this month and I haven't got a letter yet saying why

Hi. The only other way to find out why your benefits have been suspended is to call Social Security at 800-772-1213 for an explanation. They are the only people who have access to your records.

Best, Jerry

Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 12:04

Why Have My Benefits Been Suspended?

I just noticed that Social Security suspended my monthly benefits since December 2020. I started to collect a small benefit at age 62 (dob 11.11.1948). I was not notified of this change, nor did I initiate it. What's going on?
Thanks for any info on how to resolve this.

Hi. I have no way of knowing why your benefits may have been suspended. You'll need to call Social Security at 800-772-1213 to find out why your benefits have been suspended and what you need to do to resolve the problem.

Best, Jerry

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 15:13

Am I Going To Miss A Payment?

I changed my bank from a USAA bank to a Thailand bank. That changes already reflected on my SSA page. However, the dates of past payments have all changed to about the third of the month. It says that for this month February 2022 my deposit went in on 3 February. I did not receive a check on 3 February. I am scheduled to receive it on the fourth Wednesday. It also says that my next payment is going to be March 3. Am I going to miss a payment? Thank you.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 11:49

Is There Any Way My Friend Can Find Out Her Potential Divorced Spousal Amount Without Applying?

I've got a friend who is divorced. She was married for more than 10 years and has been divorced more than 2 years. Her ex is older than 62. She's approaching her FRA and doesn't know if she should apply for her SS benefits because she's not sure if her spousal benefit will be more than her amount if she waits until 70 to claim. If her spousal benefit is more than her age 70 amount it makes sense to claim at FRA. Is there any way she can find out what her spousal amount would be without applying?

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 07:20
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