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What is the time limit to file for Social Security survivors benefits?

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There is no specific time limit for filing a claim for survivors benefits; however, it's important to start the process as soon as possible, because back benefits are only available from the date you file, not from the date of death.

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Are Social Security Survivor benefits taxable income?

    Answer     Sometimes Social Security benefits are taxable. It is dependent upon the amounts of any other income a person may receive.      

Can you collect survivors benefits from Social Security if you are under 60 years old?

Yes, under certain circumstances. A widow or widower who is disabled may collect survivors' benefits as early as age 50; however, the widow(er) must be at least 60 years old t

Can you lose social security survivor benefits if you enter into a civil union?

No. The United States Social Security Administration does not recognize same-sex civil unions or same-sex marriages for any purpose other than legal name change. This is becau

Can you receive Social Security Survivors Benefits if you are working?

Yes. Survivors' benefits are intended to ease the financial strain of losing the deceased spouse's or parent's income, they are not intended to force a family to live off Soci

When can you file for social security benefits?

As early as age 62. You can find all kinds of information about this by going to the SSA.gov web site use the search box for When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits At Soc

What survivor benefits does social security provide to minors?

You can find some of this information available by going to the SSA gov website SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ONLINE and at the top choose SURVIVORS or you can use the search box.

Can a person draw Social Security survivor benefits and work at the same time?

Yes, but earned income may affect the amount a survivor can receive in benefits. Because the formulas used to calculate survivors' benefits are complex and dependent on many v