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Thank you for the information and your question. The law that applies to this issue is Federal law and it does limit back pay of survivors' benefits to six months. State law has no bearing or control over Social Security issues. As far as where wage earners SS taxes go, they all go into the SS Trust in a pool. In other words, although the earner's earnings are used to calculate how much their benefits will be, their money, which is only a fraction of what SS will pay them, is not set aside in an individual account. So, any amount that might not have been paid out to an earner, for various reasons, will just stay in the SS Trust to pay other earners their benefits.
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