Happy senior couple
Can I Add a Survivor’s Benefit to My Social Security Check?

on December 23, 2021

The rules for survivor’s benefits can be confusing.

Senior worker
How Much Can I Earn Before Hurting My Social Security?

on November 18, 2021

Knowing when to retire and when to begin claiming benefits comes down to understanding yourself — and your finances.

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Will I Qualify for the Maximum Ex-Spousal Social Security?

on October 21, 2021

Different rules for claiming apply, depending on the year you were born.

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Will I Get My Ex-Husband’s Social Security When He Dies?

on September 23, 2021

Two factors determine how much money is coming to you.

Older gay couple
When Can I Claim a Social Security Spousal Supplement?

on August 19, 2021

Making the wrong decision can prove costly.

Senior couple examining their finances
Will My Husband’s Income Hurt My Social Security Check?

on July 29, 2021

A reader wonders if the Social Security earnings test will help or hurt her benefits payment.

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Can Congress Still Fix Social Security?

on July 15, 2021

An expert weighs in on a few ways the government can save the retirement benefits system.

Pensive senior woman
Will Social Security Notify Me of My Ex-Spouse’s Death?

on June 10, 2021

There are different answers to this important question.

Senior man with no money
Did a Social Security Rep Give Me Bad Advice?

on June 3, 2021

A Social Security representative breaks some bad news. But is he telling the truth?

Happy senior couple
Can I Use ‘Restricted Application’ to Get More Social Security?

on May 13, 2021

A woman hopes to squeeze the most out of her spousal benefit.

Senior couple
Should I Worry About Taxes on Our Social Security Benefit?

on May 6, 2021

Other factors can impact the claiming decision.

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Will Social Security Benefits Be There for You?

on April 15, 2021

The upcoming Social Security annual report might provide important clues about the program’s future.

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If My Spouse Dies, Can I Get Her Social Security?

on April 8, 2021

If a spouse dies, will the survivor collect the other’s share in addition to his or her own?

Senior woman
Can I Switch to Spousal Social Security Benefits When My Ex Dies?

on April 1, 2021

Knowing when to claim can help you maximize benefits.

Senior woman at home
Can a Homemaker Get Social Security Benefits?

on March 18, 2021

When is a homemaker eligible for Social Security — and how much will she get?

Happy senior couple
Can My Wife Get a Higher Social Security Benefit Even If I Apply Early?

on March 11, 2021

Can a woman who has never worked get the maximum spousal benefit if her husband files for benefits before his full retirement age?

Happy senior couple in the kitchen
Can a Spouse Who Hasn’t Worked Get 50% of My Social Security Benefit?

on March 4, 2021

Waiting until age 70 to claim your benefit is often wise, but not always.

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How Much of My Social Security Can My Ex Take?

on February 18, 2021

A man wonders if his ex-wife will siphon away his Social Security benefit.

Senior couple in the car
Will It Help — or Hurt — If I Wait to Take My Social Security Benefit?

on February 11, 2021

Some educated guesses can help you zero in on the right strategy.

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Will My Social Security Benefit Grow If I Work After Age 70?

on February 4, 2021

A Social Security representative says you cannot boost benefits after age 70. But is that true?

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