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Can You Apply for Spousal Social Security Benefits Only While Allowing Your Own Benefits to Grow

Ask Rusty – About the "Restricted Application for Spousal Benefits Only" Dear Rusty: You wrote an article about a man who was collecting spouse benefits but was applying for his own benefit at age...

 

Young Widow Cannot Yet Collect Social Security Survivor Benefits

Ask Rusty – Younger Widow Asks About Collecting Survivor Benefits Dear Rusty: My husband died several years ago in 2019. It is my understanding that I should be receiving some portion of his Social...

 

Wife Cannot Claim Spousal Social Security Benefit Before Claiming Her Own

Ask Rusty – Can My Wife Claim a Spouse Benefit First? Dear Rusty: I have been getting Social Security since age 66. My wife turned 62 in June. We are thinking of taking her spouse benefits on my rec...

 

Is Your Wife Eligible for Spousal Benefits Right Now?

Ask Rusty – What Are My Wife's Benefits While I'm Living and as My Widow? Dear Rusty: I will be 70 in January and my wife will be 65 in February, at which time we will both go on Medicare. I am curr...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 27, 2022

Reached Full Retirement Age? Apply for Social Security ASAP Even if You're Still Working

Ask Rusty – I'm 78 and Still Working; Should I Apply for Social Security? Dear Rusty: I am 78, still working, have a good healthcare plan and I make a nice salary. Can I still get my Social...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 20, 2022

How are Social Security Survivor Benefits for Wife and Ex-Wife Calculated?

Ask Rusty – What Do My Wife, and my Ex-wife, Get If I Die? Dear Rusty: I am a 77 year old married male. I am retired and started drawing Social Security at age 66, and my monthly amount is a little...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 11, 2022

Can You Collect Social Security Early While You're Working

Ask Rusty – About Working While Collecting Early Benefits Dear Rusty: How much would be withheld from my social security benefits? I am 62 and can claim about $1,900 a month now. I'm still working,...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 6, 2022

Can I Claim My Own Social Security Benefit After Claiming Spousal Benefits?

Ask Rusty – I'm Getting Spouse Benefits – What Happens to My Own? Dear Rusty: I was born in late 1951. When I retired 5 years ago, I was made aware that my own Social Security benefit was less...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 6, 2022

What is Supplemental Security Income and Who is Eligible

Ask Rusty – Can My In-laws Get Supplemental Security Income? Dear Rusty: I am wondering what the income limit is for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility. My in-laws are in their 70's....

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 27, 2022

When Must You Pay Income Tax on Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Must I Pay Income Tax on Social Security Benefits? Dear Rusty: I do not recall the rules on my income tax obligation for Social Security benefits. Can you please explain these rules to...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 23, 2022

What to Do with That Social Security Check After a Spouse Dies

Ask Rusty – Will My Husband's Benefits Continue After He Dies? Dear Rusty: My husband is 65 and I am 55. He has recently been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. My question is, will I continue...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 9, 2022

Factors to Consider in Collecting Social Security Survivor Benefit

Ask Rusty – Can a Widower Get Full Survivor Benefits Early? Dear Rusty: My wife passed from COVID-related heart disease in 2020, just short of her 65th birthday. I will be 66 in May 2023. Do I have...

 

Social Security Adjusts Benefits If You Continue to Work

Ask Rusty - I'm Working; Why Hasn't My Social Security Benefit Increased? Dear Rusty: I will be 72 in July. I started taking my Social Security at age 64 after a job loss and other items that came...

 

Social Security Benefits as Taxable Income

Ask Rusty – About Payroll Tax and Income Tax on Social Security Dear Rusty: Is it possible for you to go over how the Federal withholding tax is computed on Social Security benefits? Signed:...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    April 9, 2022

Will Social Security Go Bankrupt?

Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Early Due to Social Security's Financial Condition? Dear Rusty: I plan on retiring at 62, one year from now. I have been coached to (if financially possible) leave my...

 

Social Security and Illegal Immigrants - What's the Story?

Ask Rusty – Do Immigrants Get Social Security Benefits? Dear Rusty: I am 90 and a long time Social Security recipient - I signed up at age 62, which I now know was not wise, but I digress. We see...

 

Are There Financial Penalties if You Don't Sign Up at 65 for Medicare?

Ask Rusty – My Husband Still Works; Must He Enroll in Medicare at age 65? Dear Rusty: There is confusion between my husband and me on when he should file for Medicare. My husband will be 64 in...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    March 1, 2022

Should I Just Keep Working? Social Security and Medicare are too Confusing

Ask Rusty – I'm Confused About Taking Medicare and Social Security Dear Rusty: I just turned 64 and now get stuff about Medicare and Medigap and so on. I really don't know how to retire when it's...

 

Social Security Survivor Benefits When the Deceased is Under 62 Years of Age

Ask Rusty – About Survivor Benefits for Minor Children Dear Rusty: My nephew died suddenly at 50 years of age and left 2 children, ages 17 and 14. He was divorced, but they were married for more...

 

Swiss Immigrant Who Never Worked In US Asks About Social Security

Dear Rusty: I am originally from Switzerland. I moved to the States, got married in 2012, and became a US Citizen in 2016. I never worked in the United States but have 44 years of Social Security...

 

How are Social Security Benefits Taxed?

Ask Rusty – Will My Social Security Benefits Ever Be Non-Taxable? Dear Rusty: If we take our Social Security at our full retirement age (66 years and 6 months for both of us) and we both continue...

 

How Much Social Security Am I Going to Receive?

Ask Rusty – Will I Have Any Social Security Benefits? Dear Rusty: I'm 60 years of age and wonder if I will have any Social Security retirement benefits. After all, I did purchase them. Signed:...

 

Learn How to Maximize Spousal and Survivor Benefits

Ask Rusty – Is My Analysis of my Wife's Social Security Correct? Dear Rusty: I am 63 and my wife is exactly 4 ½ years younger than me to the day. I plan to file for Social Security when I tur...

 

What Happens to Social Security Benefits Withheld Due to the Earnings Limit?

Ask Rusty – How Do I Get Back Benefits Withheld Due to the Earnings Limit? Dear Rusty: If I work and take Social Security before my full retirement age, how can I find out how I will be paid back...

 

If I Have Medicare Advantage, Why Do I Need Medicare Part B?

Ask Rusty – I Have Medicare Advantage - Why Is a Medicare Premium Deducted from my Social Security? Dear Rusty: My wife and I have a Medicare Advantage Plan, and we do not use Medicare for our...

 

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