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Social Security Claiming Under the New Rules

On November 2, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was passed into law. In addition to budgetary provisions, the law closed certain “loopholes,” which changes the way married couples and divorced individuals may take advantage of Social Security benefits.

Once the law is fully phased in, a high-earning spouse or divorced individual will no longer be able to receive a spousal benefit if his or her own retirement benefit is higher.

In addition, a person may no longer file and suspend for the purpose of entitling a spouse to spousal benefits or to claim suspended benefits in a lump sum at a later date.

However, a restricted application is still available for certain people!  The Budget Act allows anyone who had attained age 62 by the end of 2015 to file a restricted application for spousal benefits when they turn full retirement age (FRA).

This strategy may be appropriate for you if: 
  • You were born on or before January 1, 1954, and
  • Your PIA is more than 50% of your spouse’s PIA, and
  • You are planning to claim your Social Security benefit at age 70 to earn maximum delayed credits, and
  • You would like to receive a spousal benefit of 50% of your spouse’s PIA from age 66 to 70 and switch to your own maximum benefit at 70.
If you meet these criteria, filing restricted application could be something to consider.  Contact our office to better understand this topic or learn more about your social security claiming strategies.

Reed Financial Planning Services, LLC is here to help you and your family with your planning needs. Reach out to us today if we can be of any assistance to you.
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Partially written by Elaine Floyd, CFP®
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