Answer to Question 1:
The total earnings are $62,000 (assuming the FICA tax is not included in this figure).
FICA contribution by Rob is 6.2% of total earnings = 62,000 * 6.2% = $3,844
FICA contribution including tax by Employer is 7.65% of total earnings = 62,000 * 7.65% = $4,743
Answer to Question 2:
Under the special rule, survivors will receive Survivors benefit even the credits are less. In the current instance, Michael's children and his spouse are entitled to the Survivors benefit.
Answer to Question 3:
One credit is earned for every $1,320 earned. Only 3 credits will be received in the year 2018.
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