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My name is ***** ***** I will be helping you today. Thank you for your question and for using justanswer.com. Have you applied for benefits at all yet? Are you planning to take the survivor benefit from your deceased husband or your own benefit?
If he was eligible for SS benefits and qualified in his own rights yes. You can begin to take a survivor benefit as early as age 60. It will be 100% of his benefit minus the early retirement penalty which will be about a 30% deduction at age 62. If his benefit is larger you can let it grow until full retirement age and take you own at age 62 (again a 30% decrease to your own benefit) or take the survivor benefit and let your own benefit grow. For your own benefit (this does not happen for the survivor benefit) you can even continue taking the survivor benefit until age 70 and earn 8% credits from ages 66-70 for not taking your own retirement benefit. Then you can switch to your own benefit at age 70 and have a 32% increase. Understand that these benefits do not stack, you can only receive the larger of the two benefits.
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