Confused? 10 Social Security Terms You Need to Understand

Just 10? Nah, there’s lots more but let's start with these. If you’ve been paying FICA taxes ( see #3 below ), and have done so for at least 40 quarters, then you can expect to qualify for retirement benefits at some point. None of these 10 tell you when to claim benefits, or what …

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3 Social Security Rules We Can All Agree We Hate

My Comments: The latest budget proposal from the current White House suggests there will be a new effort to partially defund Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. What exactly do they expect to achieve politically from this effort? Those of us already receiving Social Security benefits plus the many millions more who are aging and becoming …

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How Are Spousal Benefits Calculated for Social Security?

My Comments: As with most Social Security calculations, this one is also prone to misinterpretation and mistakes made. My wife and I are an example. I claimed at my FRA (full retirement age) but my wife, 4 years younger, did not. We’re not sure why that happened but for whatever reason, she elected to file …

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55 All-Inclusive Social Security Facts

My Comments: No comments from me this time. I think 55 things to think about are more than enough. There's probably a 56th, but I have no idea what it could be. Good luck! Well, as luck would have it, I just thought of something. There is likely to be some movement in Congress soon …

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Undocumented Immigrants and Social Security: Separating Fact From Fiction

Are undocumented workers really a drain on Social Security's resources? My Comments: The boogyman is trying to get you riled up. And to the extent you are riled up, it’s diverting you from an uncomfortable truth. Congress needs to change the Social Security rules in a manner similar to what it did back in 1983. …

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Retirees across America are facing a fiscal crisis as Social Security weakens

My Comments: I post this because you and I have the power to make sure the Social Security safety net is fixed so it remains viable well into this century. To make that happen, we have to put pressure on those whom we elect to represent us at the Federal level. It was last fixed …

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If You Do Only 1 Thing This Social Security Month, Do This

My Comments: I don’t care if you are already receiving Social Security benefits or not, this is something every one of you should do. What you will find is that the Social Security website is a really good one, full of useful information and easy to navigate. If you expect to start receiving a monthly …

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