When am I eligible to collect my full Social Security benefit?
Full question: Hello, I am a widower currently collecting survivor benefits. I turn 66 in March 2024, and are contemplating collecting my own benefits instead of the survivor benefit. When am I eligible to get full benefit? Thank you Hello, If you were born in 1958 your full retirement age (FRA) is 66 and 8…Read More
How are ex-spouse benefits determined?
Hi there, Ex-spouse benefits are based on your ex’s primary insurance amount (PIA), the amount they would receive at their full retirement age (FRA). You may contact the SSA to find out what your ex’s PIA is by providing the information needed to verify your marriage to, and divorce from, the individual. For personalized assistance…Read More
How long does it take for a Request for Withdrawal of Application to get approved?
Full question: How long does it take Social Security to accept/process a “Request for Withdrawal of Application”. It has been a month since I had the application processed. Hi there, It is difficult to know how long it takes for your withdrawal application to be approved after it has been submitted, but you do have…Read More
Can I switch from survivor benefits to my own retirement benefits?
Hi there, Yes, if eligible for both your own retirement benefits and survivor benefits, you may collect one benefit (even if it is a lower amount than the other benefit at the time you are collecting) and later switch to the other. This will allow a retirement benefit to increase all the way up to…Read More
When will I begin receiving Social Security payments?
Full question: I will be 68 in February 2024. I understand I can sign up for social security 3 months prior to my birthday. To receive the dollar amount for 68, do I choose the date date to start or do I begin to receive payments in the month I turn 68? Hi there, Yes,…Read More
My wife turns 70 in May. What month should she apply for Social Security?
Full question: My wife will turn 70 in 2024, May 21. In what month should she apply for SS? Are there any other considerations that may help her maximize her benefits. I am the husband, age 76. I am currently on SS. Hi there, Your wife can start the online application 3 months prior to…Read More