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Good morning Carol

My ? is one about eligibility of my wife when she retires from teaching this year. can she collect anything from my ss payments and if I die what would be her benefits then??

Thanks,

Larry


Support Replied ~ 01-18-2011 17:28:49

Dear Arthur:
What a loaded question. If she paid into FICA all the years that she taught and her full benefit amount is less than 1/2 of yours, then she would be eligible for some benefits from you. Without numbers, I cannot tell you for sure. If she did not pay into FICA the years that she taught, then there is a 2/3's offset. That means that SS takes the amount she would be eligible for as a spouse and takes 2/3's of her pension and offsets it dollar for dollar. Most wife's do not get benefits from their husbands it they get pensions from non-FICA earnings. If you were to die, then the 2/3's would still apply, but it would offset your full amount and not 1/2 of your full amount......If you give me benefit amounts (age 62,66 and 70) then I can better advise you......Carol

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