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Megan C
Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Social Security
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Experience:  Licensed CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA M.Accy Also Teach Accounting courses at Master's Level
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Will my husband's monthly widower's benefit continue after

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Will my husband's monthly widower's benefit continue after he retires as a Pastor? Also, can he receive monthly benefits from present wife?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Megan C replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question

Each person can only get one benefit. While the Pastor is not a government employee, he may be subject to an offset if he opted out of social security and then receives a retirement benefit from the church. This is because he did not pay social security taxes --- and so he would be "double dipping" according to the law even though that doesn't really make sense.

If he did not opt out of social security and continued to pay taxes, then he would receive the benefit regardless, but only if it is greater than his current benefit.

The same offset would apply if he drew benefits off his current wife.

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