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Author: BruceCM Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121061  
Subject: Re: Social Security Income/Benefit Date: 10/18/2013 2:32 PM
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I'm on the road through the weekend so don't have much time to do research.

Just out of my back pocket, the numbers you've shown from your page at the SS web site don't sound right. The rules clearly state that caretaker and eligible children are 50% of PIA, and PIA is defined as your benefit at FRA. According to SS, the max benefit for 2013 is about $2550, as I recall. So I have no idea how they came up with $1,948 per child and caretaker spouse (which would mean a PIA of about $3,900/mo) or a PIA of about $2,600 for your spouse at FRA....unless they grew your current year survivor PIA at inflation for the next 27 years.

If this is important to it sounds it might might want to call your local SS office and make an appointment to go in and talk to a benefits advisor. I've had several clients do this, who have been happy with the information they were provided and the way it was explained to them. But be advised....beginning last year was the first year of eligibility for the median age baby boomers (1949 birth year) and so most offices have been very busy.

If you find out, please post back, as I'd be interested in seeing what they say.

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