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My wife receives $754 per month in benefits. I receive $1761

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My wife receives $754 per month in benefits. I receive $1761 per month. We are both in our seventies. We both took early benefits based on our own work records. Can my wife's benefits be increased to half my benefits?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 10 months ago.

My name is***** and I will be helping you with your question today. This is for informational purposes only and does not establish an attorney client relationship.

Yes, since you are past full retirement age, your wife should be able to receive 50% of your benefit but remember that this benefit does not include any credits you received from ages 66-70 if you did not take your benefit (which would have increased your benefit about 8% per year). So the 50% your spouse would receive would be 50% of your benefit at age 66, but to answer your question, yes she can take the spousal benefit if it is higher than her own (remember they do not stack).

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