Is Social Security Prorated For Month Of Death?

On July 20, I wrote that Social Security retirement, when started at age 62, was not prorated for the number of days that you were 62 in the month. You are either eligible for the complete month or not at all. For retirement, you must be at least age 62 through the entire month to…
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Estimate For Your Survivors – SSA Statement

Last week I wrote that Social Security survivors benefits were not included in the original 1935 Social Security Act but were considered so important that they were created as part of the 1939 Amendments. This changed Social Security from a retirement program only for individual workers into the family-based economic security program we have today.…
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The Beginnings Of SSA Survivors Benefits

As of June 2016, approximately 10 percent of all Social Security retirement, survivors and disability monthly benefits are paid as survivors benefits, representing about 6,060,000 people of all ages across the nation. Breaking this down further, about 6.2 percent (3,766,000 people) of Social Security benefits are received by widows and widowers based on age and…
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Social Security & Women

Q: Are Social Security benefits the same for women and men? A: Program legislation is gender neutral so individuals with identical earnings histories are treated the same in terms of benefits, so yes; Social Security benefits are the same for women and men. Differences outside of Social Security, such as interrupted work patterns, overall earnings…
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When Do SSA Survivors Benefits Begin?

Q: When do Social Security survivors benefits begin? A: Social Security survivors benefits can begin effective with the month of death, assuming there are eligible family members to pay. When a person receiving Social Security benefits dies, even at the end of a month, benefits are not payable for that month. For example, if the death is…
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