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What You Need to Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits

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When you’re applying for retirement benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need a lot of information about your recent earnings, marital history [more…]

What You Need to Apply for Social Security Survivor Benefits

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When you’re applying for Social Security survivor benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need a lot of information about you and the decedent [more…]

What You Need to File for Social Security Disability Benefits

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When you’re applying for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need a lot of information about your identity, work history, and medical [more…]

Four Outrageous Myths about Social Security

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Something about Social Security stirs the popular imagination. Rumors and phony stories have attached themselves to the SSA from the start. Sometimes you can [more…]

Six Reasons Young People Should Care about Social Security

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If you have years until retirement, you have a vital stake in the future of Social Security. For starters, proposals to modify benefits — such as by raising the [more…]

Success Rates for Social Security Disability Insurance Claims

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) covers disabled workers and, in some cases, the family members who depend on them financially. SSDI benefits may also [more…]

Ten Ways to Save for Retirement If You're Over 50

If life's circumstances have forced you to put off dealing with your retirement plans until later in life, the road to a successful retirement is different from that of someone who's just starting out. [more…]

Keeping Tabs on Your Personal Social Security Data

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One of the most important things you can do as a consumer of Social Security is keep track of your personal data. This includes the agency’s official record of [more…]

Allocating Social Security Benefits for Grandchildren

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Retirement benefits are the first thing most people think of when the subject is Social Security. But that’s just part of the story. Workers who gain Social Security [more…]

Social Security: Acing the Retirement Earnings Test

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Earning money while collecting Social Security can make a lot of sense. But it can also mean a lower benefit in the short run, if you haven’t reached your full [more…]

Top 10 Terms in Social Security

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Social Security may seem like a big and bewildering topic. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a list of terms to give you a better understanding of the benefits [more…]

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