I'm Anne too. I've been preparing taxes for 28 years and I'll be happy to help you.
First, let me tell you how sorry I am on the passing of your husband. The older we (my husband & I ) the more we have to think about those final arrangements. Never an easy thing.
When a spouse dies, the surviving spouse is entitled to either THEIR regular Social Security, OR the deceased spouse's Social Security, whichever is MORE.
Since your husband's monthly Social Security distribution was more than yours, you will receive $1715/month from now on, and that's why you got the additional check. '
I realize that this means that you will not have the same $ amount per month as you did when your husband was still here, since you would have the $1715 plus your $855 each month, but they do pay the higher amount.
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