Ask Rusty – Ought to My Spouse Wait Till Age 70 to Declare?
Expensive Rusty: I’m 74 and receiving my Social Safety advantages. My spouse is 68 and we’re delaying her advantages till she’s 70. However I learn an article a few spouse receiving half of her husband’s profit, which makes me surprise if my spouse ready is wise. Please let me know your ideas. Signed: Questioning
Expensive Questioning: Your spouse ready till she is 70 to say her personal SS retirement profit could also be a wise transfer, however provided that her age 70 profit will probably be greater than the profit she is already entitled to as your partner. Her profit as your partner is 50% of the profit you have been entitled to at your full retirement age (66). She would get that fifty% as a result of she has already reached her personal full retirement age (FRA), however your spouse’s spousal profit doesn’t develop past what she’s entitled to at her FRA. Her personal SS retirement profit, nonetheless, grows by .667% per 30 days till she is 70, at which level it reaches most (32% greater than her FRA profit quantity). So, the query is, which will probably be larger – her partner profit, or her age 70 profit? If the reply is her spousal profit, then she ought to declare that now. But when the reply is her age 70 profit, ready till she is 70 makes extra sense.
There may be, nonetheless, another choice which might work even higher in case your spouse’s personal profit at age 70 will probably be her highest. Since you’re already gathering, and since your spouse was born in 1953, she is eligible to file a “restricted software for spousal advantages solely.” Doing so would permit her to gather her 50% partner profit from you now, whereas nonetheless permitting her personal SS retirement profit to develop to most at age 70. That might give your spouse half of your FRA profit quantity every month, whereas she concurrently maximizes her personal SS retirement profit. Then at age 70 when her private profit reaches most, she will be able to swap to her personal larger profit. I recommend that your spouse get a Assertion of Estimated Advantages from Social Safety to find out if her age 70 profit will probably be larger than her partner profit. If that’s the case, she will be able to file the “restricted software for partner advantages solely” after which merely wait till she is 70 to change from her partner profit to her personal larger profit (32% greater than her FRA quantity).
Word that this “restricted software for partner advantages solely” choice is not accessible to anybody born after January 1, 1954 however continues to be accessible to your spouse as a result of she was born earlier than that. Except her spousal profit will probably be her highest, I recommend that your spouse file the “restricted software for partner advantages solely” which can give her 50% of your FRA profit quantity (together with COLA awarded since then). She must also ask for six months retroactive partner advantages since she was eligible to do that at her FRA.
The best means to your spouse to get her Assertion of Estimated Advantages is by utilizing her private “My Social Safety” on-line account. If she doesn’t but have a web-based account with Social Safety, it’s simple to create one at www.ssa.gov/myaccount. She’s going to want that account anyway to use for her advantages on-line, which is by far essentially the most environment friendly strategy to apply.
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