Social Security: Am I Eligible? AARP's Social Security Question and Answer Tool works as an online retirement planning resource, designed to assist those who are eligible for benefits as well as those who are unsure. The SSQA Tool acts also as a guide, explaining in plain English the information one needs to know regarding how to apply for Social Security, spousal and survivor benefits, choosing the optimum retirement age to file a claim, choices for citizens living (and retiring) abroad, and even help to calculate the benefit amount you're entitled to receive.
AARP's Social Security Question and Answer Tool is a starting point towards an informed decision about you and your benefit eligibility.
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A: Social Security benefits can be sent abroad to most foreign countries, but there are a few countries that are classified as restricted. — Read Full Answer
A: You can receive Social Security payments in most foreign countries but rules vary based on your citizenship, type of benefit, and country of residence. — Read Full Answer
A: The United States has international agreements with over 20 foreign countries for people who have worked abroad. — Read Full Answer
A: To collect benefits on an ex-spouse's record a marriage must last ten years. — Read Full Answer
A: To determine your benefit eligibility, use the Social Security Administration's online screening tool. — Read Full Answer
A: Once eligible, you can apply at any age after 62. However, you cannot earn the delayed retirement credits that increase your benefit until you are full retirement age and have earned your 40th Social Security credit. — Read Full Answer
A: A marriage must be over a year old to be eligible to collect a spousal benefit. — Read Full Answer
A: If your state recognizes common-law marriage you may be eligible to receive survivor benefits. — Read Full Answer
A: The 10 year marriage rule for survivor and ex-spousal benefits only applies to divorced couples. — Read Full Answer
A: A spouse is eligible to collect up to 50% of their partner's benefit. — Read Full Answer
A: Some Federal, State or local government employees may be eligible for pensions not covered by Social Security. — Read Full Answer
A: Family members are often eligible for benefits on a spouse or parent's work record. — Read Full Answer