Spousal Benefits

Would I Qualify To Get Half Of My Spouse's Social Security While Letting My Own Benefit Rate Grow Until Age 70?

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I was born in 1953 and will be 66 in December. I would like to file a restricted application and receive half of my spouses social security, starting in December. I would let mine grow, and I am still employed. My husband was born in May of 1954, is also still working and has not claimed any social security benefit. Would I qualify for this benefit ?

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Is It Correct That My Wife Can Draw Half Of My Benefit Amount Even If She Filed For Her Benefits At Age 62?

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My wife started taking social security benefits around age 62 thinking that when I file she would get half of what I get since my benefits are greater. Is that correct? If not, is it possible to reverse it? She is five years older than me. Thanks!

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Should My Wife Get A $300 Increase?

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My wife and I are the same age. My wife started receiving SS benefits at age 62. I started receiving SS benefits at age 65, three years later when I retired. At that time I asked if my wife could apply for the spousal benefit. We were told if she applies then, her benefit around would increase by $150 but if we waited a year until we were both 66 for her to apply, her benefit would increase by $300. The year has passed and we went to apply for the spousal benefit and we are waiting for the decision on it. We weren't given any reason to be confident she will get an increase.

Am I Calculating My Wife's Excess Spousal Rate Correctly?

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I have studied the calculation for Social Security (SS) spouse benefits and believe I understand the steps in the calculation. I am asking for your help validating my calculations. These calculations are based on an effective date of 11/01/2019 (because my spouse’s birthday is on the 1st of the month, she can file as Full Retirement Age (FRA) on 11/01/2019 per the Social Security website calculator). Here are the facts:

Can I File A Restricted Application For Spousal Benefits If I Suspend My Own Benefits?

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I am 67, my husband is 64. I was born BEFORE Jan 2, 1954. I collect social security benefits, my husband does not. I have suspended my social security benefits once but have since restarted. I have just learned about Restricted Application Social Security, my question - can I suspend my benefits again and participate in Restricted Application benefits?

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Why Would My Wife's Spousal Rate Decrease If She Delays Retirement Benefits?

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I am running a variety of Social Security retirement proposals on your maximizemysocialsecurity website. I plan on waiting until 70 to collect my benefit. My wife will be 66 in January and will request her FRA benefit at that time. Each time I ran a scenario that delayed her entitlement month (January, February, March) her benefit expectantly increased, yet her spousal benefit decreased leaving the net annual benefit the same? My benefit at age 70 will not change. Why then does her spousal benefit (presumably 50% of mine) decrease as she delays retirement benefits?

Do I Qualify For Spousal Benefits?

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Hi Larry, i am 62 and i am receiving SS now. My husband is 59 and he is receiving SSDI do i qualify for spousal disability benefits on his account

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Possibly, but you could only qualify for spousal benefits if 50% of your husband's full Social Security disability (SSDI) benefit rate, which is equal to his primary insurance amount (PIA), is higher than your PIA. Your PIA is equal to the amount that your Social Security retirement benefit would be if you had waited until your full retirement age (FRA) to start drawing.

Did Social Security Make An Error In Calculating My Wife's Rate, Or Am I Misinformed?

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I started receiving SS when I turned 70. My current monthly benefit, without deductions, is $3425.50. My wife and I decided she would file at age 62 rather that waiting until her FRA which is 66 years 6 months. Had she waited until her FRA to file, her benefit would have been $1226 ,based on her work record.

When she filed last month the SSA office calculated her benefit as $894.10 on her work record and $48.50 as a wife. For a total of $942. Which she will start receiving in October.

I thought a spousal benefit would be 32.5% of my benefit, $1113.