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Hi, Devin. Thank you so much for your channel. I have literally looked for weeks for the answer to this question, and I have found nothing. Everything I see pertains to WEP and GPO. I get that. So, here is my question. My wife and I are in Texas. I'm 68, working, and not currently collecting SS benefits. My wife is currently working for Head Start (19 years) and is paying into TRS. She also has 40 quarters of paying into SS. My wife turns 66 in August of 2019 with no immediate plans to retire. If I start receiving my SS benefits, can she begin receiving spousal benefits, until she retires and begins receiving her TRS retirement? I understand at her retirement WEP and GPO will raise their ugly heads. Thanks for your time. Ben S
Devin, Thank you so much. I read many posts and could not find my answer. My husband was on SSDI before FRA at age 66. He filed for suspension of benefits just as soon as his SSDI was moved to regular SS benefit December 2018. He did not sign up for regular SS , as you know they move you to regular SS from SSDI. Social Security is saying he cannot file Spousal benefit on my record even though he was born before 1953. 2 things I read, 1 from get what's yours and another citation said he could still file for spousal benefits because of previously being on SSDI. I cannot find the actual Social Security document rule on it so that I can show SS he can still file for spousal benefits. It is important for him to file for spousal benefits as he has a life threatening illness and we need his SS to grow while he still receives some income from SS. Thank you, Elaine