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I have a friend who is 60, currently on Soc Sec disability

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I have a friend who is 60, currently on Soc Sec disability but only collecting about $800 because he does not have the minimum quarters, is there anything that could be done?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 11 months ago.

The social security benefits - including disability benefits are based on the earning record.

Either on the earning record of the person OR his/her spouse.

Your friend might want to verify if the Social Security Administration has all records and there is nothing missing.
If everything correct - there is nothing we may do to increase benefits.
However - there are some different benefits which are need based.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
His spouse is still working, would he qualify to apply for more based on her earnings?
Expert:  Lev replied 11 months ago.

You will be ONLY eligible for social security benefits based on your spouse working record IF

-- your spouse will apply for benefits OR

-- your spouse will reach his full retirement age - which is 66 or 67 based on your information.

See additional information here

https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/yourdivspouse.htmlAny questions?
If the spouse is at least 62 - he may apply and suspend his social security benefits right away.

That will allow the spouse to qualify for 50% of his benefits based on his earning record.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
His spouse is not eligible to file as yet, so I guess nothing to do at this time.
Expert:  Lev replied 11 months ago.

Correct - if the spouse is not eligible - we may wait till he will become eligible and then - benefits might be - recalculated.
So far spousal benefits are not yet available.
However - there are some different benefits which are need based.

These benefits are based on income and assets

- SSI - supplemental security benefits

- Medicaid

- housing assistance - section 8 and other programs

- food stamps

etc.

You may communicate with local authorities and verify if any available for your friend.

Expert:  Lev replied 11 months ago.

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