Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The "file and suspend" technique that married couples use to increase social security benefits can help same-sex couples too

One of the biggest benefits to same-sex couples from recognition of marriage equality comes from social security survivorship benefits.
Couples have the ability to play with the retirement age, which single people don’t.  The technique is called “file and suspend” and is explained well in this Reuters article by Mark Miller, link.   Of course, as a personal matter, this works for older people inclined to get into and keep intimate relationships, a moral irony. 

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