Widow's Benefits

Will I Get More Of My Husband's Benefits Now That I'm 66?

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My husband and I were married 9 months and 22 days before he passed away on April 4, 2016.He as 66, born in 1949 . I was 63..He received $2400 dollars in SS a month..I only got about $1000 of his added to mine..Obviously he made more than me..I started getting SS at 62.. Will I get more from his now that I'm 66, my full retirement age? THANKS, GAIL

Hi Gail,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Can I Collect My Late Husband's SS Now At Age 60 While I Work Until Age 62?

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I am 60 years old Can I collect my late husbands SS while I work til 62

Hi,

That depends on how much you're earning. If you file for widow's benefits in 2019, Social Security would likely need to withhold $1 of your benefits for each $2 that you earn in excess of $17640 (https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/whileworking.html). That could result in either full or partial withholding of your benefits depending on your benefit rate and how much you earn.

Would My Aunt Still Be Able To Switch From Receiving Her Benefits To Receiving Her Deceased Husband's Benefits?

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My aunt retired after her husband did, and he was already receiving SS benefits. When she retired she applied for her benefits, which were much lower than her husband's. Even though it has been over twenty years, is she still able to switch from receiving her benefits, and begin to receive her deceased husband's benefits?

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