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Subject:  Re: Social Security Date:  8/7/1999  6:11 PM
Author:  JABoa Number:  12954 of 100428

The people who die before receiving a nickel get nothing.

Well, they don't because they are dead. However, surviving spouses and minor children get survivors' benefits. I haven't been able to pull up formulas from the Social Security Web page on this one. However, a widow can start collecting based on what her dead husband would have got (and similarly for a widower) starting at age 60. If she does not wait till age 65, there will be an offset. The language is pretty murky, and I couldn't figure out what dependent children get, or for how long.

Anyhow, the notion that surviving spouses will not get Social Security payments because the dead spouse had not started collecting, is yet another falsehood that some people seem to like to perpetrate.
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