spousal benefits

Social Security Spousal Benefits: Three Things to Know

In this piece, Todd Campbell explains what married and divorced people should know about qualifying for Social Security spousal benefits, as this information could significantly increase your retirement income. There are a myriad of rules on who can collect spousal benefits and how much…

Ask Rusty – Maximizing Spousal Benefits

Dear Rusty: My husband turns 68 next year, and I will be turning 66. He plans on continuing to work and retiring at age 70 to maximize his monthly Social Security benefits. I am retiring next year due to a…

Disability and Social Security Spousal Benefits

The question of how a spouse’s SSDI benefits relate to the ability to apply for benefits on the other spouse’s work record is one that arises frequently. Newsday’s Lynn Brenner provides an analysis of these two types of benefits coincide, including…

How do age differences impact your Social Security decisions?

Whether it’s a single marriage situation or a re-marriage, the decision on when and how to file for Social Security benefits can be a key part of a couple’s retirement financial strategy. In a recent Washington Post article, columnist Michelle…

Social Security Mother’s or Father’s Insurance Benefit

(Source: www.benefits.gov) The Social Security Mother’s or Father’s Insurance Benefit is a federally funded program managed by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). These are benefits paid to the surviving spouse or surviving divorced spouse of an insured worker. Continue reading……

Q&A on Spousal Benefits

In a post on www.forbes.com, contributor Laurence Kotlikoff tackles a series of questions about Social Security spousal benefits, one of the most misunderstood facets of the program. Check out his post here, and know that the AMAC Foundation offers a…

A quick look at some Social Security basics

In a recorded article posted at dlshowonline.com, The David Lukas Show presents a discussion on a series of five basic Social Security rules that everyone needs to know when applying for benefits. From taxation of benefits to coordinating of spousal benefits, the 48 minute…

Restricted Application for Spousal Benefits Only…A Strategy Still Available

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 changed much of the strategic landscape for seniors, specifically with respect to options like “File and Suspend,” the rules for deemed filing, and so on. But one specific filing strategy that remains in effect…

Social Security Reform and Widow Benefits

A brief issued this month by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.analyzes the quandary of widow benefits vs. the benefits available to a surviving spouse in a dual-earning situation. As explained in the brief, “a widow from a $100,000…

An Update on Social Security’s Spousal Benefit Provisions

The issue of qualifying for spousal benefits under Social Security can be confusing, given the rules for divorced spouses, the rules for Restricted Applications, and so on. This “Help with My Social Security.com” post on player.fm offers some interpretations that can…

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