When should I begin collecting my Social Security benefits?
Full question: Hello, I was told by an RSSA expert to begin my benefits in Jan. 2024 to avoid being penalized, and possibly losing out on, benefits. I work part-time but my monthly earnings are roughly $3k and the ceiling is around $1770. Should I begin benefits in Jan. 2024 where the first check would…Read More
My wife is eligible for Railroad Retirement and Social Security. What are her options?
Full question: My wife is getting Railroad Retirement and is receiving $1,423 a month. Her Social Security statement says that she is eligible for $2,309 a month under Social Security. Can you please tell us what her options are if any at all? Thank you. Hello, Railroad retirement benefits and Social Security claiming strategies can…Read More
Should my wife claim her Social Security benefits now or later and what about her spousal benefits?
Full question: I am 70 and deferred claiming until now, receiving my first check this month. My wife turns 62 this December and we’re trying to determine whether to claim hers at that time or how advantageous it might be to have her wait until 67. Not sure how the spousal benefits rules impact this….Read More
Should I switch from my Survivor benefit to my own Social Security retirement benefit?
Full question: I currently receive Survivor benefits and I’m wondering what my own Social Security benefit would pay. I am 65 and full retirement age is 66+4. Should I wait until I’m 70 to collect my own and will I ever be able to collect 100% of deceased husbands? Hi there, If you are collecting…Read More
Does my wife need to wait until her FRA to receive the maximum spousal benefit?
Full question: I understand my wife can receive half my Social Security benefit, as her Social Security benefit. For her to receive the maximum amount this does she need to wait until her FRA? I am 3.5 years older than her and will reach my FRA mid-2023. Thanks. Hello, If your wife is not entitled…Read More
How do I apply for Social Security at 62 and how long will it take to start receiving payments?
Full question: When I turn 62, how do I start my Social Security benefit? And how long after applying for benefits, will it be direct deposited? Hello, When you are ready to begin collecting benefits you should always apply 2-3 months prior! Once you apply for benefits, it usually takes the Social Security Administration 4…Read More