When Eligible As Widow And Retiree

Q: Does starting Social Security as a widow prevent me from receiving my own retirement? A: No. If eligible for SSA survivors benefits as widow or widower and also eligible for your own retirement, you can start the smaller one first and switch to the higher later on. Based on age, survivors benefits can start…
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National My Social Security Week

Regular readers are aware of my Social Security, a¬†way to create your own personal, pin and password secured, account to access your own Social Security information whether you receive monthly benefits yet or not. Have you created your account yet? If not, today is a good time to do so. If you receive Social Security…
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What Is A Typical Social Security Disability Amount?

Q: What is a typical Social Security disability amount? A: As of May 2015, the average monthly Social Security disability amount to a disabled worker was $1,165. This does not include benefits paid to eligible family members. Also as of May, the average monthly amount paid to the eligible spouse of a disabled worker was…
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Are SSA Amounts Based On Where You Live?

Q: Do Social Security retirement amounts change based on what state you live in? A: No. Your retirement amount is based on your personal work history over many years and your age when starting benefits, not on where you live. It will not change if you move to a different state. Your best 35 years…
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When Did SSA Retirement At Age 62 Begin?

Are you thinking of starting Social Security retirement at age 62, or at any time when younger than your full retirement age (FRA)? Did you know that this option was not always available? Early retirement was not part of the original 1935 Social Security Act. At that time, SSA retirement could not start before age…
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