Survivor Benefits

August 5, 2015

Social Security taxes provide a number of benefits including retirement, disability and survivor benefits.  Of these, one of the lesser known is the Survivor benefits.  Below is a quick run down on that benefit.

Immediate family members of a deceased loved one may be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, depending on the amount of time he or she worked. If you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn up to four Social Security credits per year, and the time you put in affects the amount of survivor benefits your family may receive.  If you die as an insured individual, your family members can obtain benefits.

Under a special rule, SSA can pay benefits to your spouse and children even if you don’t have the required number of credits. If you have a disability that started before or within seven years of your spouse’s death, you may be eligible for survivor benefits, too.

If you have questions, call Tracy Tyson Miller at 904.981.9812.

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