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Published on: August 30, 2013
Social Security Law
What is Social Security?
When a person retires, then they are eligible for Social Security, which is a mandated supplemental
program in the United States that was placed into existence in the year 1935 as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. The Social Security program was brought into place because of the Great Depression, which left many of the nation’s elderly in poverty type situations. Social Security gets its funding from payroll taxes, when the person pays a certain percentage of their paychecks into the Social Security program. Read below for more answers given by the Experts about social security.
If a person is a teacher in the state of Massachusetts and plans on retiring, will their Social Security benefits be effected if they receive a pension from the schools?
If the person is receiving the
from the school and did not put in 30 years of substantial earnings, then the person may be subject to the
Provision or WEP. If the person falls into this category, then they take a chance of their Social Security benefit to be lower than if they retire after 30 years of substantial earnings.
Can a person collect Social Security Benefits from their ex-husband if they collect Social Security Insurance (SSI)?
In most cases, when a person divorces, they lose all claims against the ex-
Social Security if they are under the age of 62. The only way the person may be able to get the benefits from the ex-spouse’s benefits would be if the person was 62 years of age and the ex-spouse has reached retirement age and the person has not remarried. The person would need to be married to the ex-spouse for a period of ten years. The person can go to
and find out more about the divorced spouses and Social Security.
If a person is a teacher in the state of Texas and they signed a contract for Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and then went to a private school where they do not do TRS but hold out for Social Security, will the person be able to collect their Social Security or did they lose all rights to it when they signed the TRS contract?
In the state of Texas, when the teacher signed the TRS, they did not actually give up their rights to Social Security. When the person signed the TRS or Teacher Retirement System, they stopped paying into the Social Security program and paid into the TRS instead. The person would still be able to get Social Security based on what their spouse pays in and their Social Security benefit may be lowered based on the amount that they receive from the TRS.
Does a person’s government retirement amount affect a person’s Social Security benefit amount.
As long as the person has paid into the Social Security program while they were paying into the government pension, then the pension will not generally affect the Social Security benefits that the person receives. If the person does not pay into the Social Security program, then they would be subject to a lower amount of Social Security if any at all.
The Social Security program is a program that is in place to help a person when they retire as long as the person has paid into the program. When a person is thinking about retiring and they need to look into how Social Security works or what laws surround the Social Security program, then they would need to consult an Expert to get the answers that they need.
Recent Social Security Questions
If take social security at 71 years of age and continue to
If take social security at 71 years of age and continue to work at my current job, am I eligible to participate? Regarding Medicare, will that be available to me at same time?
My name now is Peggy Joyce Caraway SS# XXXXX I am
My name now is Peggy Joyce Caraway SS# XXXXX I am 69 years old. I am a retired Licensed Vocational Nurse. I worked directly for St' Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont Texas and was assigned to work for Dr. Neil Burrell. My paycheck came from St Elizabeth Hospital each pay period. Social Security was deducted by St. E for me in each paycheck. My name @ that time was Peggy XXXXX XXXXX. This was in the 80's and 90's. Several years ago I received a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that I could reclaim $ 5000.00 from them since I had left their company and this money was mine. I persued this money and since they did not communicate with me, I have not followed up further. I have misplaced this letter and would like to know if Social Security can follow up on my query.
I started taking my social security benefits when I turned
I started taking my social security benefits when I turned 66. I was receiving $1395.90 before medicare deduction. I have taken my own social security since February 2013, payment started in March of 2013. My benefit is $1395.90/month before medicare deduction.
My husband receives$2276/month. 50% of that is $1138.
I am told that I would have to repay 3 months of my social security from 2013.
According to the chart social security gave me, I would receive $1731.20 gross social security benefit if I wait to age 70. I guess you could figure that 50% of my husband's social security benefits would increase maybe 1% per year?
Social security said that I could go back 6 months to retroactively collect 50% of my husband's social security in 2013 if I elect to take 50% of his social security and forego my social security benefit.
Which makes the most financial sense? I am also still working but only make around $10,000 per year after deductions.
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