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Megan C
Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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Experience:  Licensed CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA M.Accy Also Teach Accounting courses at Master's Level
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A letter was received stating that benefits death benefit

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A letter was received stating that benefits for a death benefit will be stopped for a widow even though the benefits are for children? What causes this and what can be done?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Megan C replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question --- the benefits for the children continue until the children are 18, or 19 if they are still in high school. However, if a parent is getting benefits off a deceased spouse then those benefits stop when the children reach 16. The issue is that once a kid is 16 the government looks at it like the surviving parent should be able to work and the 16 year old should be able to mind themselves while the parents work. This is waived if the child is disabled.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There are two children and one is under 16. No mention was made in the letter as to the reason was a child being 16. Mp reason was given at all.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No reason was given.
Expert:  Megan C replied 1 year ago.

If one child is 18, then it could stop for that reason. If no reason was given you can call 1-***-***-**** or visit your local office. I would actually suggest visiting your local office because you will sit down with someone and they can't really brush you off like they do on the phone. However, I don't have access to your records. My guess is that it's related to one of the children's age.

Also, be sure that you are sending in the annual representative payee reports --- you have to report to social security how those benefits are used! They will send you a form each year. If you do not return this then they can suspend benefits until you send it back.