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FRAEnter full retirement ageFULL RETIREMENT AGE
RageR age
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q1_monthDOB - MONTH
q1_yearWhen were you born?DOB - YEAR
q2Are you currently collecting Social Security benefits?CURRENTLY RECEIVING SOC SEC BENEFITS
q3_monthAGE STARTED COLLECTING SS -- MONTHS OLD
q3_yearAt what age did you first start collecting Social Security benefits?AGE STARTED TO COLLECT SS --YEARS OLD
q4What type of Social Security benefit did you receive when you first started collecting? (Please select one option.)TYPE OF SS FIRST RECEIVED
q5What type of Social Security benefit do you currently receive? (Please select one option.)TYPE OF SS CURRENTLY RECEIVE
q6What is your current relationship status? (Please select one option.)CURRENT RELATIONSHIP STATUS
q7So far, how do the total earnings in your career compare to your spouse's total career earnings? (Or, if you are retired, how did the total earnings in your career compare to your spouse's total career earnings?)HOW EARNINGS COMPARE TO SPOUSE'S
q8What is your current employment status?CURRENT EMPLOYMENT STATUS
q9Have you worked in the past?WORKED IN THE PAST
q10_monthAGE LAST WORKED -- MONTHS OLD
q10_yearAt what age did you last work?AGE LAST WORKED --YEARS OLD
q11aI am satisfied with my decision on when to start my Social Security benefitsSATISFIED WITH SS START DECISION
q11bIf I were to do it over again, I would have delayed starting Social Security until a later ageDELAYED STARTING SS IF COULD
q11cIf I were to do it over again, I would have lived off my other retirement savings after stopping work and before starting Social SecurityLIVED OFF OTHER RETIREMENT SAVINGS IF COULD
q11dIf I were to do it over again, I would have worked longerWOULD HAVE WORKED LONGER IF COULD
q12Which best describes your reason for starting to collect Social Security benefits before full retirement age? (Please check all that apply.)REASON COLLECTED SS BEFORE FULL RET AGE
q12_otherREASON FOR STARTING SS - OTHER
q13Which best describes your reason for starting to collect Social Security benefits at or soon after your full retirement age, as opposed to claiming early or delaying? (Please check all that apply.)REASON STARTED TO COLLECT SS AT FULL RET AGE
q13_otherREASON FOR STARTING SS - OTHER
q14Which best describes your reason for starting to delay collecting Social Security benefits beyond full retirement age? (Please check all that apply.)REASON DELAYED COLLECTING SS
q14_otherREASON FOR STARTING TO DELAY SS - OTHER
q15How did you pay for living expenses between the time you stopped work and the time you started receiving Social Security? (Please check all that apply.)HOW PAID FOR LIVING EXPENSES
q15_otherHOW PAID FOR LIVING EXPENSES - OTHER
q16aMonthly Social Security benefits increase by about 8 percent for each year you delay starting them between age 62 and 70AWARE OF MONTHLY SS BENEFITS RULE
q16bSocial Security benefits for widows and widowers are based on the higher of the two spouses' individual Social Security benefitsAWARE OF SS BENEFITS FOR WIDOWS/WIDOWERS
q17If you were contemplating retirement today, would you be more likely to wait longer to start Social Security?IF CONTEMPLATING RETIREMENT TODAY
q18_monthAGE EXPECTING TO START SS -- MONTHS OLD
q18_yearAt what age do you expect to start collecting Social Security benefits?AGE EXPECTING TO START SS - YEARS
q19What type of Social Security benefit do you expect to receive? (Please select one option.)TYPE OF SS EXPECT TO RECEIVE
q20What is your current relationship status? (Please select one option.)CURRENT RELATIONSHIP STATUS
q21So far, how do the total earnings in your career compare to your spouse's total career earnings? (Or, if you are retired, how did the total earnings in your career compare to your spouse's total career earnings?)HOW EARNINGS COMPARE TO SPOUSE'S
q22What is your current employment status?CURRENT EMPLOYMENT STATUS
q23Which best describes your reason(s) why you have not yet started your Social Security benefits? (Please check all that apply.)REASON DELAYED COLLECTING SS
q23_otherREASON NOT YET STARTED SS - OTHER
q24aMonthly Social Security benefits increase by about 8 percent for each year you delay starting them between age 62 and 70AWARE OF MONTHLY SS BENEFITS RULE
q24bSocial Security benefits for widows and widowers are based on the higher of the two spouses' individual Social Security benefitsAWARE OF SS BENEFITS FOR WIDOWS/WIDOWERS
q25Have you ever had an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or similar retirement savings account?EVER HAD IRA
q26Have you ever withdrawn money from any of these accounts? (Please do not count times that you rolled money over into another retirement account.)EVER WITHDRAWN MONEY FROM RET SAVINGS ACCT
q27_monthAGE AT FIRST WITHDRAWAL -- MONTHS OLD
q27_yearAt what age did you make your FIRST withdrawal from any of these accounts? (Please do not count times that you rolled money over into another retirement account.)AGE AT FIRST WITHDRAWAL -- YEARS OLD
q28What best describes your reason for withdrawing money from your retirement account? (Please check all that apply.)REASON FOR WITHDRAWING FROM RET ACCT
q28_otherREASON FOR WITHDRAWING MONEY - OTHER