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What are the eligibility requirements for Social Security benefits?

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As of 2014, to receive Social Security benefits one must have paid into the system for a minimum of 10 years and be at least 62 years of age. Widows and widowers may receive Social Security based on their deceased spouse's earning records.

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What are the eligibility requirements for Social Security benefits?
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In certain cases, reduced Social Security benefits may be paid at a younger age. For instance, a person who is disabled and unable to work may be able to draw Social Security benefits instead of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and a widow with young surviving children can draw her spouse's benefits until the children are 16. A person who delays drawing Social Security until he is over 62 will receive a larger monthly payout.

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