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Why can't I collect both my SS and my husbands SS after he

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Why can't I collect both my SS and my husbands SS after he dies. Why do I loose mine?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  emc011075 replied 3 months ago.

Hi. My name is ***** ***** will be happy to help you.

You cannot collect somebody else's benefits. You can collect your own benefits based on somebody else's records, like your spouse's or ex but not his own benefits.

After your spouse dies, you will be eligible for survivor/widow benefits (your own benefits based on your spouse's records) as well as your own benefits but you can collect only one benefits at the time. You will be eligible or both but you will have to choose between you own or survivor/widow benefits. You cannot have both.

Expert:  emc011075 replied 3 months ago.

I see you read my respond. Do you have any questions? Is there anything else I can help you with today?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
my daughter just lost her husband and is told she will b collecting $2000 a month. Yet we seniors can't get a 2% cola.
Expert:  emc011075 replied 3 months ago.

Because the inflation rate didn't increase, consumer prices actually went down according to statistics, the social security didn't do the cost of living adjustment for 2016.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
my daughter just lost her husband ans is told she will be getting $2000 a month yet we seniors can't get a 2% cola.I am 83 yrs old and live on $1347 a month . this isn't right.
Expert:  emc011075 replied 3 months ago.

The COLA adjustment would be for everybody so your daughter would also get an increase. Social security benefits are based on work history (earnings) but also how soon you applied for the benefits. Everybody has his/her benefits calculated individually.

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