Questions For You Before Starting Social Security

Recent posts touched upon starting Social Security retirement early, meaning reduced because you are younger than full retirement age (FRA). I hope these posts provided you with additional ideas to consider. Deciding to retire is a major decision and Social Security benefits are just one part of that decision. As noted on the earlier posts,…
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Early Retirement And Survivors Benefits

Several recent posts are about starting Social Security retirement early, meaning reduced because you are younger than full retirement age (FRA). Full retirement age is just a point of time. Depending on your overall plans, it is perfectly fine to start benefits earlier or later than FRA. Your choice. Another time to consider starting Social…
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Earnings And SSA Survivors Benefits

Q: Does the annual earnings test apply to survivor benefits? A: Yes, most of the time. In general, annual earnings test levels apply to anyone younger than full retirement age (FRA) and receiving Social Security benefits unless that person receives benefits because of his or her own disability. This applies even if a person receives…
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Average Social Security Amounts For November 2015

It has been a while since I posted average Social Security benefit amounts so here is national information for November 2015.   For easier reading, I condensed the full material and separated one chart into several parts. You can see the original data here.   This first image is for average benefits related to Social Security retirement…
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Spousal Child-in-care Benefits

Q: I recently reached age 62 and start early Social Security in January. I will also receive dependent benefits for our 17-year-old son who is in high school and lives at home. Can my wife receive Social Security on my record now because our son will? She is in her 50’s and working. A: Based…
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