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How the Saver’s Credit Can Help You Save for Retirement

April 14, 2021 • By

Saving for retirement can be difficult in the best of times, but even harder during a pandemic and challenging economy. An underutilized tax credit, known as the Saver’s Credit, may be able to make it easier. In a nutshell, the Saver’s Credit is a tax credit that is intended to promote retirement savings among people […]

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Three Retirement Planning Tips For Women

March 19, 2021 • By

One day in 1939, Ida May Fuller stopped by the local Social Security office in her hometown of Rutland, Vermont, and said, “I knew I’d been paying into Social Security and I wanted to learn more.” The following year, she received the very first Social Security benefit payment—$22.54—and it arrived as check number 00-000-001. Ida’s […]

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Direct Deposit: A Fast, Convenient, and Secure Way to Receive Your Benefit Payments

February 12, 2021 • By

At Social Security and Veterans Affairs, issuing timely benefit payments is a core service we both provide. After all, we know you want your benefits on time to cover your household or medical expenses. The most secure way to get your benefits is to receive them electronically. It’s faster, safer, and more convenient than a […]

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Direct Deposit: A Fast, Convenient, and Secure Way to Receive Your Benefit Payments

ABLE Act: What You Need to Know

December 17, 2020 • By

On December 19, 2020, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which allows eligible people with disabilities to create tax-free savings and investment accounts. On November 19, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service released final ABLE regulations. The ABLE Act enables people with disabilities to have […]

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Get All Your Federal Benefit Payments in One Account Using Direct Payment

September 3, 2020 • By

Direct deposit is the safest and most convenient way to receive your benefit payment. In 2013, the Department of the Treasury issued a mandate to move away from checks as a method to deliver federal benefit payments. Since then, almost 99 percent of our Social Security beneficiaries have their payments deposited directly into their bank […]

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Coronavirus-Related Medicare Scam Alert  

April 6, 2020 • By

Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to remind Medicare beneficiaries to be vigilant and take precautions to avoid falling victim to healthcare fraud during this pandemic. We’re warning Medicare beneficiaries that scammers may try to use this pandemic to steal their Medicare number, banking information, or other personal data.

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National “Slam the Scam” Day

March 5, 2020 • By

Today is National “Slam the Scam” Day! What does that mean? We created National “Slam the Scam” Day to warn Americans about widespread phone scams where callers impersonate government officials, most often Social Security, to gain your trust and steal your money.  The most effective way to defeat scammers is by knowing how to identify […]

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Avoid Scams! Join the FTC and SSA During National Consumer Protection Week

March 2, 2020 • By

Want to protect yourself from identity theft and scams?  Learn how during National Consumer Protection Week, the first week of March.  This year, we at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have joined with Social Security to help protect you.

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Why I Serve

November 11, 2019 • By

On Veterans Day, we remember the men and women who bravely fought for our country, while also reflecting on our active duty heroes who are still risking their lives. I joined the military at age 17 —not because I was feeling patriotic, but because I was missing something in my life. I wanted a place […]

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Spreading the News About ABLE Accounts in the Disability Community

July 11, 2019 • By

On December 19th, 2019, the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) will be five years old. Why are we excited? Because this five-year-old has influenced 41,000 people to open ABLE accounts that can earn tax-free income.

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