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kbmarno
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Do I still file as Single like I have for 13 years? My ex-husband died Christmas Eve, 2016 and I began to get his social security benefit each month, instead of mine.

- married for 34 years and he never remarried
- the SS department calls that a widow's benefit
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DoninGA
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Do I still file as Single like I have for 13 years? My ex-husband died Christmas Eve, 2016 and I began to get his social security benefit each month, instead of mine.

If you were not married on 12/31/2017 then you file as Single.  It does not matter that you will be receiving Social Security benefits based on your ex spouse's earnings, that cannot change your marital status.

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DoninGA
Level 15

Do I still file as Single like I have for 13 years? My ex-husband died Christmas Eve, 2016 and I began to get his social security benefit each month, instead of mine.

If you were not married on 12/31/2017 then you file as Single.  It does not matter that you will be receiving Social Security benefits based on your ex spouse's earnings, that cannot change your marital status.

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