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My spouse receives Social Security retirement benefit checks. What happens when my spouse dies? Do I have to give back the check issued in the month of death?

Social Security pays a month behind, so the check received in the month of death is payable. You wouldn’t have to give it back. Notify the Social Security Administration as quickly as possible upon the death of a spouse, if that spouse is drawing Social Security benefits.

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