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SSA: “Hiring Our Heroes is an Honor”

(Source; Social Security Administration) Social Security protects all Americans. We are especially proud of our commitment to provide high quality service and support to the men and women who proudly served, and are serving, our country. Social Security expedites medical decisions at all levels…

HSAs and Your Retirement

Although largely underutilized in retirement planning, it appears that Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). This conclusion is drawn by the Arizona Republic’s Russ Wiles in a post on www.usatoday.com. Wiles covers the ways that HSAs can fit into a retirement financial plan, touching…

Social Security Solvency Dilemma–We’re Not Alone

When discussing the solvency dilemma projected for 2034, when the Social Security Trust Funds are fully depleted, one often here’s the comment, “How do other countries do it?” Well, it turns out other countries are not all in such great…

Thoughts on Addressing the Social Security Solvency Dilemma

Courier-Tribune (Asheboro, North Carolina) contributor Bob Morrison, in an article posted on www.courier-tribune.com’s Opinions page, provides some thoughts on an approach to resolving the Social Security impending insolvency. His suggestion calls for “a ‘flat tax’ of 1 or 2 percent applying only to…

Some Unusual Social Security Questions …

Tucson.com’s Tom Margeneu, a long-time source of great information on Social Security questions, tackles some out-of-the-ordinary topics in his post today. From clergy-related provisions to the off-the-wall question of using crowdfunding sources to augment a personal Social Security record, Morgenau gets…

Social Security and the Federal Deficit

Despite what political leaders claim, Social Security is not a contributor to the federal debt or the annual federal deficits driving that debt level. The Motley Fool’s Sean Williams takes aim at this popular myth in a post on www.fool.com, which…

How Some of Your Decisions Can Have a Negative Effect on Your Social Security Benefits

The Motley Fool’s Maurie Backman, in a post on www.fool.com, takes a look at three unfortunate ways actions on your part could reduce the value of your earned Social Security benefits. From having zero earning years in your record to procrastinating…

Social Security Scam Alert…Again!

Here’s another one…this time affecting Dubuque, Iowa residents (but likely to surface anywhere in the country). Dubuque Telegraph Herald’s editorial staff provides a recap of the scam in a post on their website. Check it out here… Notice: The link provided…

Getting a lump sum payment after suspending benefits

In his regular Forbes column about Social Security, Laurence Kotlikoff answers a reader’s question about whether he can receive a lump sum payout back to his full retirement age if he has suspended his benefits. As with so many Social Security…

Social Security Disability: How to make your claim

Statistically, about 1 in 5 workers will end up needing assistance due to a disability, and it may be comforting to know that part of the FICA tax you pay from each paycheck acts as a premium for Social Security Disability…

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