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I have been a widow for 2 and 1/2 years and receive my

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I have been a widow for 2 and 1/2 years and receive my husband's social security but so many of my friends receive their husbands and 1/2 of their's.

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I a just wondering why I don't receive the same as mt widowed friends.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Social Security
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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago
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That is NOT correct information.

We are not allowed to receive two social security benefits...
If you are entitled to several social security benefits - such as your own benefits and widow's benefits - you may take the largest - but not both at the same time.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago

If a person receives widow's or widower's benefits, and will qualify for a retirement benefit that's more than their survivors benefit, they can switch to their own retirement benefit as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The rules are complicated and vary depending on the situation

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