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What benefit(s) accrue to the surving spouse of a deceased…

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What benefit(s) accrue to the surving spouse of a deceased person? Both parties are retired and both receive SS benefits (income.)

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One person is 84 and the spouse is 80. Both have been retired for over 10 years, one party works a part-time job.

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Does Social Security pay death benefits?

A one-time payment of $255 can be paid to the surviving spouse if he or she was living with the deceased; or, if living apart, was receiving certain Social Security benefits on the deceased’s record.

Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits.

If you are the widow or widower of a person who worked long enough under Social Security, you can:

  • receive full benefits at full retirement age for survivors or reduced benefits as early as age 60.

  • begin receiving benefits as early as age 50 if you are disabled and the disability started before or within seven years of the worker's death.

As a the surviving spouse - above your FRA (full retirement age) - you are eligible for 100% of social security benefits of the deceased person.

If you are getting your own social security benefits - you will need to choose either to have your own or surviving benefits.

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Does date of marriage impact the foregoing?
Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 2 months ago

Yes - you should be married at least nine months before the death to qualify for surviving benefits.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 2 months ago

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