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7. Figuring the Cash Benefit Rate

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when does your social security benefits end

My 2 kids recieve money from there dad that passed. I was just wondering if that will recieve the one time 250

It's unlikely the children will receive the $250 payment. Aside from disabled children who receive SSI, children under the age of 18 (19 if still in high school) who receive Social Security benefits are NOT eligible for the one-time payment.

My grandson get SSI since their dad is not living, they live with me (I am the guardian and have custody) will they get a stimulas check they have direct deposit, and will the stimulas check come with their regular monthly checks thanks

I wanted to know how the amount of social security is determined and what periods of time you use to determine that.

Disabled children receiving SSI are eligible for the one-time payment. Eligible recipients will receive the stimulus payment as a separate payment.

Are you talking about Social Security retirement benefits? Survivor? Disability? For retirement benefits, benefits are a function of :

  • Number of years you worked
  • Your wages while working
  • When you started receiving benefits(ex. age 62, 65 etc.)

Check our retirement benefit calculator for various scenarios.

if i dont receive benefits because i have top much income and the ss is beening wiht held will i receive the stimulas check or will they wihthold it as well i'm a widow with dependents and if i read the letter correct the are not entiled ..

I have not seen any restriction for 2009 stimulus payments regarding income. Note the stimulus payment is not taxable income.

My ex husband passed away. He had two surviving children, one of which belongs to me. His oldest child turned 18 and is now a full time college student. When will her benefits stop and will my daughter's benefits remain the same, or will they increase?

In general, children under age 18 (19 if still in elementary or secondary school) or disabled receive 75 percent of the deceased worker's benefit amount.

However, there is a maximum amount per month that can be paid to all the survivors on the record. The limit varies, but it is generally equal to about 150 to 180 percent of the basic benefit rate.

So in your case, the elder child (in college) will likely no longer be eligible, but since the two children were at or below the family maximum, the benefit to the younger child will likely NOT increase.

References :

Even if a spouse has never worked under Social Security, a spouse can begin collecting the benefits as early as age 62. However, if the benefit begins early, the amount will be permanently reduced by a percentage based on the number of months up to his or her full retirement age.

See here for details :

I'm 65 and my ex husband is 52. Can I collect 1/2 of his social security before he turns social security age?

It looks like this is not possible until your former spouse is eligible for retirement benefits (age 62).

If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's record (even if he or she has remarried) if:

  • You are unmarried;
  • You are age 62 or older;
  • The benefit you are entitled to receive based on your own work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex-spouse's work; and
  • Your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits.

Please confirm with the SSA if this is important to you.

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