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Beware of Scam Phone Calls About Your Social Security

We warn in these pages often that scammers are out there every day, working out new ways to try to trick you out of your personal information and, thus, your money. Nevertheless, we cannot emphasize too much that cyber-criminals are always…

Social Security Has Made Some Changes

Social Security, that stalwart program that serves over 63 million beneficiaries might seem like it’s stuck in low gear and doesn’t often change. But reality is, Social Security changes every year, at least some parts which increase as a result…

Are You Ready To Claim Social Security?

Claiming your Social Security benefits is arguably one of the most important financial decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. So are you ready?  Do you know your full retirement age? Have you consulted with your spouse? This article by Maurie…

Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?

As with so many questions about Social Security, the answer is “it depends.” While Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits aren’t normally subject to Federal income tax, there are actually some situations where SSDI benefits may be taxed. This article…

Making Your Spousal Benefit Bigger

As with most things Social Security, what seems simple on the surface gets more complicated as you dig further. Such is the case with benefits for spouses. Most think simply that a spouse will get 50% of the benefit the…

Why Should You Claim Social Security at Age 62?

If you’ve ever consulted with a Certified Financial Planner or Social Security Advisor, chances are you’ve been told that it’s smart to delay claiming Social Security until a later age, in order to get a higher benefit amount for the rest…

AMAC Is Fighting to Stop Taxing Social Security Benefits

The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) has been opposed to taxation of Social Security benefits for some time, and is not giving up that battle. AMAC has announced its support for The Senior Citizen Tax Elimination Act, as reported…

Social Security Oversights That Can Derail Your Retirement

Social Security will play a big role in your retirement future. Unless you’re independently wealthy and don’t need the extra money, reality is that you’re going to be relying on Social Security for a significant part of your income in…

Where Does Social Security Fit In Your Retirement Plan?

Social Security is, arguably, one of the most important financial elements in your retirement future. It is, after all, guaranteed income for the rest of your life. But, there are a lot of things to understand about Social Security before…

Your Social Security Statement, Explained.

Considering how important a role Social Security will play in your retirement, it’s safe to say that understanding your Social Security benefit statement is a pretty important thing. If you’re not yet retired, Social Security stopped sending annual statements to…

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