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Social Security Retirement Benefits

Here are the things you need to know about collecting social security benefits; things like how working affects your benefits, if you will have to pay taxes on social security, and how collecting benefits early affects you and your spouse.
  1. Increase Social Security (6)
  2. Social Security Calculators (4)
  3. Social Security For Spouses (10)
  4. Social Security Survivor Benefits (4)
  5. Taxes and Social Security (5)
  6. When to Begin Social Security (6)

Social Security Quiz
Social security retirement benefits can be complex. Curious to see how much you know about them? Take this 10 item quiz to find out. After you answer all the questions you'll see the correct answer along with links to learn more.

5 Key Things To Know About Social Security Retirement Benefits
Here are five key things you need to know about your social security retirement benefits, such as how working affect your benefits, if your social security retirement benefits will be taxable, and how your spouse is affected if you take your benefits early.

What is Full Retirement Age For My Social Security Benefits?
Full retirement age what you need to know about social security benefits, working, and full retirement age.

The Social Security Earnings Limit
The earnings limit affects you if you work while receiving Social Security benefits and you have not yet reached full retirement age. Here's what you need to know.

Current And Past Social Security Earnings Limits
If you take social security benefits before you reach full retirement age , and you earn income in excess of the annual earnings limit, your social security benefits will be reduced.? Below are the current and past years' earnings limits for reference.

Social Security Retirement Age
There is not a single age defined as the social security retirement age. Instead, the amount you can get varies by age, with 62 generally being the earliest age at which you can take retirement benefits (unless you are widowed, in which case you may start at 60). In all cases, the later your chosen social security retirement age, the higher your monthly benefit. Find more info here.

Social Security Office Locations By Nearest Zip Code
Social security office locations can be found by inputting your zip code into the social security office location web page at the link below.

How to Stop Social Security Retirement Benefits
You already filed for social security retirement benefits; now you want to stop social security and reapply later, can you? Maybe... it depends on how old you are. Details here.

Book Review - Social Security Strategies, How to Optimize Retirement Benefits
The book Social Security Strategies, How to Optimize Retirement Benefits by William Meyer and Dr. William Reichenstein is chalk full of information you need to know before you decide how and when to collect your Social Security benefits.

The Social Security Decision Tool
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to retirement planning, and complex decisions like when to take social security, a video can be worth a thousand spreadsheets. Let me tell you, this video by MetLife rocks!

Are You About to Make One of These 6 Social Security Claiming Mistakes?
If you make one of these 6 Social Security claiming mistakes it may cost you money. Here's what you need to know to avoid these mistakes and get more from your Social Security benefits.

A Social Security Owner’s Manual - Book Review
This book touches on all the important things you need to know before you file for your Social Security retirement benefits. Read it before you file.

When and How Social Security Checks Should Arrive
Social Security checks are deposited on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Wednesday of each month according to your day of birth. Find the Social Security check schedule and additional info here.

How to Calculate Social Security Benefits - A Step by Step Guide
The forumula used to calculate how much Social Security you will get is complex. Here is a step-by-step guide, with examples, so you can see exactly what is used to calculate your Social Security benefits.

Restricted Application for Social Security Benefits
A restricted application for Social Security benefits allows you to collect one type of Social Security benefit while preserving your option to later switch to another type. Here is how it works.

Best Proposals on How to Fix Social Security
Yes, Social Security has problems, but there are plenty of proposal on how to fix it. Here's a collection of top proposals from around the web on fixing Social Security.

How to Fix Social Security
Have an opinion on how to fix Social Security? In this article readers review and respond to various proposals on how to fix Social Security.

Windfall Elimination Provision - How It Affects Certain Government Employees
The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) is a Social Security rule that may reduce your benefits if you are eligible to receive a pension for work/earnings that were not covered under the Social Security system.

Government Pension Offset - How it Affects Your Spousal or Survivor Benefit
The Government Pension Offset may affect your spousal or widow/widower Social Security benefits if you receive a pension based on work not covered under the Social Security system. Here's who it affects and how it works.

Social Security: The Difference Between Retirement Age & Stop Work Age
The age at which you stop working and leave the labor force can be different than the retirement age at which you start receiving social security benefits.

Social Security Survivor Benefits for a Spouse
Upon the death of a spouse, you are eligible for a social security survivor benefit as long as you have been married for at least 9 months. Here are additional details on how much, what age, and documents needed to claim a social security survivor benefit.

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