SSA Retirement Benefits Do Not Prevent Survivors Benefits

Q:  Will starting my own Social Security retirement prevent me from ever receiving survivors benefits? A:  No, assuming that any widow or widower’s benefit you become eligible for is higher than your own retirement amount.    The timing of which to start first can be important if you are eligible for both a retirement and…
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Have Child With Disability? Know About SSI.

Q:  My newborn has serious health problems and a hospital nurse said I should call Social Security.  Why?  I do not receive Social Security. A:  Healthy or not, children younger than age 18 can receive Social Security benefits through a parents work record if that parent receives SSA retirement, disability or is insured for survivors…
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Divorced? Learn About SSA Divorced Spouse Benefits.

Q:   I have been divorced for several years.   Since my ex-husband had higher earnings, can I receive Social Security from his record? A:  Perhaps.   If divorced, benefits to you from your ex-spouse’s Social Security record are possible if the marriage lasted 10 years or longer and other requirements are met.  This is even if he…
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Your FRA – Why It Matters

Q:  What is full retirement age?  Why is it important? A:  Full retirement age (FRA) is of major importance in computing Social Security benefit amounts.  Whether SSA retirement, survivors or disability benefits are involved, before computing any benefit paid on your record, your FRA amount is determined first. Full retirement age, also called normal retirement…
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Register Now – Business Services Webinar For Employers

Online services, including electronic input of W-2 data and verification of employee Social Security numbers, are available for employers. For security, advance registration is required. Firms providing payroll services can register once and then use these services for all clients. Just announced, the first of two SSA Business Services Online webinars is scheduled for November…
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