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Old 05-17-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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Will my retirement benefits go down?

Two years ago my husband and I took early retirement. I was 64 and he was 62. I receive my retirement benefits plus partial of his. When he turns 65 next year will they take away the partial payment of his retirement away from me?
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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You need to ask the administrator of whoever provides your pension. There is no way anyone here can answer this with authority, it is specific to your plan.

I would guess that it wouldn't change at 65, but ask and report back. I'm curious now.

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Old 05-18-2011, 06:41 AM   #3
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She may be talking about Social Security. Some people refer to SS payments as their "retirement". I never realized just how many people really consider SS as their retirement plan.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:18 PM   #4
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Yes it was my Social Security check I was speaking of. Sorry, I should have made that clear. Like Martyb said I just assumed ss was my retirement plan because benefits were taken out of my check during the years that I worked to recieve when I retired.
Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:29 AM   #5
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Unfortunately, cajunlady, SS was never meant to be a "total" retirement plan for anyone. It's a safety net so seniors don't have to live under bridges and eat cat food. At 62 and 64, it's probably a bit late to start saving for retirement, unless you plan to work a long time, so I hope you have plenty of other savings to supplement your SS.

Best of luck.

I'm not up to speed on SS rules, but I think things might change when your husband reached Full Retirement Age at 66, not 65 (if anything changes). I also can't quite grasp how you receive your beenfit and part of his. I was under the impression that is was either your benefit or 50% of his (reduced for age 62). But I'm probably wrong on that.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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She would receive her SS benefit plus a portion of the spousal benefit (part of his) equal to what the spousal benefit would be on it's own. It comes out the same (the spousal benefit is 50% I believe) but it is presented this way which confused the heck out of me when I first heard it explained. And I don't see any reason why she would lose any of it at 65 - or 66. (Note, I'm not an expert just basing this on my understanding.)
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