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I am, my wife will be 62 this year. If I file and suspend by

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I am 69, my wife will be 62 this year. If I file and suspend by April 30th, can she do the same and collect 50% of my normal payment? Will she still be able to collect her full amount at FTA (66)?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  LawTalk replied 7 months ago.

Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Filing and suspending your benefits will allow your wife to make a spouse benefit claim, however, if she wants her own retirement benefit to continue to grow she should not do that. If she applies for a spouse benefit before reaching her full retirement age, she will be deemed to have applied for her own benefit as well, and her own benefit will stop increasing in value.

The best way for her to maximize both of your take from social security is for her to wait until she turns 66, and then for her to file a restricted spouse benefit application. This will allow her to collect 50% of your full retirement age benefit and at the same time allow her own benefit to grow by 8% per year from age 66 to age 70. It won't be necessary for you to file and suspend because by the time she applies for the restricted spouse benefit, you will be over 70 and already collecting your benefit.

You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.

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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,


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