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TDeF asks:

One of my retired buddies swears up and down that his wife (also retired) gets TWO social security checks, one under her SSAN and one under his. I've never heard of such a thing -- is it (legally) possible?

Well, I've never heard of two checks being issued that way, but it's certainly possible that during her work career she made less than he did. At retirement, she would first draw benefits under her own work record. However, as the spouse of the primary wage earner in the family, she is also eligible to receive up to one-half of whatever he would draw at full retirement age. If her own benefit doesn't equal or exceed that amount, then she would get an additional payment to bring her total benefit up to that amount. The additional payment would come from her hubby's work record. It's possible that's what your friend is talking about. Like I said, I've never heard of two checks being issued; still, that doesn't mean that situation doesn't occur.

Regards ... Pixy
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