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Subject: Re: Ss at 62 for younger spouse? Date: 3/3/2014 2:36 PM
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Would I get the same percentage of his benefit at 62 or 65?

You will get either your benefit (based on the age in which you take it), or his benefit taken at age 62 at his passing.

Things you need to know to make this decision:

http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/applying6.htm#a0=0

If you are under full retirement age and qualify on your own record, we will pay you that amount first. But if you also qualify for a higher amount as a spouse, you'll get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount.

If you begin receiving benefits:

•between age 62 and your full retirement age, the amount will be permanently reduced by a percentage based on the number of months up to your full retirement age.

If you are under full retirement age and you continue to work while receiving benefits, your benefits may be affected by the retirement earnings test.

•at your full retirement age, your benefit can be equal to one-half of your spouse’s full retirement amount.

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So back to one of your original questions:

If something happens to him, my understanding is that I'd get full spousal benefit, no matter if I start collecting my own benefit at 62 or later.

What this means is that if you take your spousal benefit at 62, you will not get half, you will get some number less than half but the same or more than your own benefit since you are less than FRA at the time you start the benefit.

What is your FRA benefit? What is he receiving now and what did he first get at age 62?

I would encourage you to find out exactly what you would get at 62 and what your spousal benefit at 62 would be. That being stated, it is UNLIKELY you will have any financial benefit in waiting until FRA if your SS is indeed so much less.
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