Can You Work and Receive Your Social Security Widow's Pension?


Quick Answer

An individual can work and still receive Social Security survivors benefits subject to certain income limitations, according to the Social Security Administration. For 2015, an individual can earn up to $15,720 before her benefit is reduced if she is under full retirement age.

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After the $15,720 limit, benefits are reduced by $1 for every $2 earned. Once full retirement age is reached, benefits are no longer reduced by earnings. In the year that someone turns full retirement age, she can earn up to $41,880 in earnings before the month of full retirement age without benefits being reduced, as of 2015. After that limit, benefits are reduced by $1 for every $3 earned.

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