If My Spouse Waits Till Age 70 to Claim Social Security, Will It Help Me?
If My Spouse Waits Till Age 70 to Claim Social Security, Will It Help Me?

on October 3, 2019

Making decisions about Social Security often becomes a two-person affair.

Will Claiming Half My Wife’s Social Security Benefit Cost Her Money?
Will Claiming Half My Wife’s Social Security Benefit Cost Her Money?

on September 12, 2019

Even experts can make mistakes when mapping Social Security options.

Can I Escape Taxes While Collecting Social Security?
Can I Escape Taxes While Collecting Social Security?

on August 29, 2019

If you go back to work after collecting benefits, can you avoid paying additional Social Security taxes?

Are Social Security Representatives Ever Wrong?
Are Social Security Representatives Ever Wrong?

on August 22, 2019

There are two reasons the experts might give you bad advice.

Can I Claim Full Social Security Benefits Before My Ex Does?
Can I Claim Full Social Security Benefits Before My Ex Does?

on August 8, 2019

Do you have to wait till your ex reaches full retirement age to get full spousal benefits?

Social Security Q&A: The One Thing Every Worker Should Do Now
Social Security Q&A: The One Thing Every Worker Should Do Now

on July 18, 2019

A woman wonders when she and her husband should file for benefits. The answer to their question offers a lesson for every worker.

Social Security Q&A: Can I Make a Claim on My Ex’s Benefits?
Social Security Q&A: Can I Make a Claim on My Ex’s Benefits?

on July 11, 2019

Has there been a divorce in your past? You may be able to claim benefits on your ex’s Social Security.

How Can My Spouse Squeeze the Most From Her Social Security Benefits?
How Can My Spouse Squeeze the Most From Her Social Security Benefits?

on June 27, 2019

Trying to get the biggest benefit possible? Early claiming can complicate matters.

Is a Social Security Benefit ‘Do-Over’ Still an Option for Me?
Is a Social Security Benefit ‘Do-Over’ Still an Option for Me?

on June 20, 2019

Social Security offers some folks a rare opportunity. But there is a drawback.

How Long Must I Wait for My Full Social Security Survivor’s Benefit?
How Long Must I Wait for My Full Social Security Survivor’s Benefit?

on June 13, 2019

Waiting a little while to claim your benefit can pay off handsomely for years to come.

Social Security Q&A: Am I Taking My Benefit Too Soon?
Social Security Q&A: Am I Taking My Benefit Too Soon?

on May 23, 2019

Wondering whether to take your Social Security benefit early? Your spouse’s situation can clarify if the move is right for you.

Social Security Q&A: Is There a Cap on the Benefits My Family Can Earn?
Social Security Q&A: Is There a Cap on the Benefits My Family Can Earn?

on May 16, 2019

An odd quirk in a Social Security formula favors higher-benefit families over lower-benefit families.

Social Security Q&A: When Should My Husband Claim Spousal Benefits?
Social Security Q&A: When Should My Husband Claim Spousal Benefits?

on April 11, 2019

Claiming strategies can grow more complicated when spousal benefits are involved — such as in this circumstance.

Social Security Q&A: How Much of My Spouse’s Benefit Can I Get?
Social Security Q&A: How Much of My Spouse’s Benefit Can I Get?

on April 4, 2019

A little rule with a funny name can have a big impact on your Social Security benefits.

Social Security Q&A: Can Unearned Income Hurt My Wife’s Benefit?
Social Security Q&A: Can Unearned Income Hurt My Wife’s Benefit?

on March 28, 2019

Individual wages earned during retirement can impact Social Security benefits. But what about interest and dividend income?

Social Security Q&A: Can I Get Survivor’s Benefits If My Spouse Died Young?
Social Security Q&A: Can I Get Survivor’s Benefits If My Spouse Died Young?

on March 21, 2019

You might be able to collect survivor’s benefits even if your spouse dies before the age of 62. But you must meet a couple of key conditions.

Social Security Q&A: What Will My Spouse Get If I Die?
Social Security Q&A: What Will My Spouse Get If I Die?

on March 14, 2019

Want to leave your spouse in the best possible financial position if you should die? Here’s how to do it.

Social Security Q&A: Can Avoiding Marriage Boost Our Benefit?
Social Security Q&A: Can Avoiding Marriage Boost Our Benefit?

on March 7, 2019

Saying “I do” can have both positive and negative impacts on the size of your monthly Social Security payment.

Social Security Q&A: Can My Wife Collect Her Spousal Benefit Before I Collect?
Social Security Q&A: Can My Wife Collect Her Spousal Benefit Before I Collect?

on February 28, 2019

If you have a spouse, you have a lot of Social Security claiming choices, especially if the two of you are different ages.

Social Security Q&A: Should My Spouse Claim Early?
Social Security Q&A: Should My Spouse Claim Early?

on February 21, 2019

A reader asks whether his wife should start her benefit early, then switch to a spousal benefit after he retires. The answer might surprise you.

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