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I currently receive $1500/month. What will my wife receive if I should die?

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 9 months ago
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As a general rule, survivors benefits based on age will be about the same total Social Security benefits over a lifetime, whether they start early or at full survivors retirement age. If monthly benefits start before full retirement age, the amount is smaller to take into account the longer period a person receives them.

Widows or widowers benefits based on age can start any time between age 60 and full retirement age as a survivor. If the benefits start at an earlier age, they are reduced a fraction of a percent for each month before full retirement age.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 9 months ago

If the worker started receiving retirement benefits before their full retirement age, the SSA cannot pay the full retirement age benefit amount on their record.

The maximum survivors benefit is limited to what they would receive if they were still alive.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 9 months ago

These are examples of the benefits that survivors may receive:
•Widow or widower, full retirement age or older -- 100 percent of the deceased worker's benefit amount;
•Widow or widower, age 60 -- full retirement age -- 71½ to 99 percent of the deceased worker's basic amount;
•Disabled widow or widower aged 50 through 59 -- 71½ percent;
•Widow or widower, any age, caring for a child under age 16 -- 75 percent.

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Let me know if you need any help with determination.

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