Category: Finance

Ask Rusty: What Happens to my Social Security if I Die at Age 62?

Social Security FICA payroll taxes collected from current workers are used to pay all those who are currently receiving benefits. Any excess collected which is not paid out in benefits is deposited into a special Trust Fund and held in reserve for the future. My hope is that understanding this will dispel a far too widely held myth that the money you pay into the Social Security program from your paycheck is deposited into a personal account for you—it is not. Rather, that money is used to pay benefits to all those who are already collecting Social Security.

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Ask Rusty: Does Paying Social Security Payroll Tax Increase my Benefit?

Everyone who works and earns—even those who are collecting Social Security benefits—must pay the Social Security FICA payroll tax. But paying that payroll tax doesn’t entitle you to a benefit increase. The FICA tax you pay doesn’t get credited to a personal account for you; rather, it goes into the Social Security general fund to help pay benefits to all current beneficiaries.

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Ask Rusty: Spousal and Survivor Benefits

Since your husband is already receiving his Social Security retirement benefits, you are eligible to collect spousal benefits at any time after you reach age 62, even though you are collecting Social Security Disability benefits (you don’t have to wait until he’s 70); however, if you start those spousal benefits before you reach your full retirement age (FRA) they will be reduced.

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Ask Rusty: Should I Take Social Security at 62?

If you take your Social Security benefits when you’re 62, the monthly amount you receive will be 27.5% lower than you would get at your full retirement age of 66 1/2. But if your current health issues mean that you must stop working and lose income you rely upon to make ends meet, then taking your benefits at age 62 will give you some badly needed financial relief.

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