Social Security Survivor Benefits are much different from Spousal Benefits in several ways. In fact, there’s very little to compare between the two. Here are the primary things that you need to know about Survivor Benefits:
- Survivor Benefits can be claimed as early as age 60. Of course, as with all early claims for benefits, the amount will be reduced if you claim earlier than Full Retirement Age (FRA). At age 60 your Survivor Benefit would be reduced to 71.5% of your late spouse’s benefit amount (or PIA if he or she wasn’t at FRA).
- Survivor Benefits are based upon