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How the Rules Work for You

July 12, 2018 • By

Retirement doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn’t have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement […]

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How Special Payments After You Retire Affect Your Social Security Benefit

March 22, 2018 • By

After you retire from your job or self-employment, you may get payments for work you did before you started receiving Social Security benefits. We call those “special payments.” Usually, special payments will not affect your Social Security benefit, if they are for work done before you retired. These payments will be counted in the last […]

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Social Security’s Top Five Blog Posts

January 4, 2018 • By

This blog is a go-to source for Social Security news and resources. That’s why we named it Social Security Matters — it matters to everyone, even if you don’t think you directly benefit from Social Security benefits today. The popularity of our blog has grown. We’d like to share some of our most popular posts […]

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Learning the Lingo of Social Security

November 2, 2017 • By

Is Social Security a topic in your conversations these days? Are you familiar with the lingo used to describe Social Security benefits, or does it sound like a new vocabulary to you? Social Security employees strive to explain benefits using easy-to-understand, plain language. But if a technical term or acronym (an abbreviation of the first […]

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What Is the Biggest Retirement Planning Mistake?

April 20, 2017 • By

That’s easy to answer: Not having a plan! Building a financially secure retirement doesn’t happen by itself. You need to make a commitment to smart financial decisions long before retirement — starting in your 20s would have been ideal — and then keep carrying through on your retirement plan. Here are some other big retirement-planning […]

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What Are the Most Common Retirement Questions You Receive about Social Security?

April 6, 2017 • By

There are two big questions I hear plenty. My husband wants to retire at 62 and start taking Social Security. Is that okay? This typically comes up because husbands are often a few years older than their wives, and figure they want to “get their money’s worth” by taking Social Security as early as possible. […]

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When Is a Good Time to Start Receiving Social Security Benefits?

February 13, 2017 • By

Enjoying a comfortable retirement is everyone’s dream. For over 80 years, Social Security has been helping people realize those dreams, assisting people through life’s journey with a variety of benefits. It’s up to you as to when you can start retirement benefits. You could start them a little earlier or wait until your “full retirement […]

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Social Security Celebrates Black History Month

February 6, 2017 • By

Throughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over a century.

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Skip the Trip! Retire Online

January 31, 2017 • By

On this day in 1940, a 65-year-old legal secretary named Ida May Fuller became the first monthly Social Security beneficiary. A few months earlier, she had stopped by her local Social Security office in Vermont to learn how the program works. She knew she had paid into Social Security but wasn’t sure if she would […]

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2017 Brings New Changes to Full Retirement Age

January 6, 2017 • By

Every worker’s dream is to enjoy a secure retirement. Social Security is here to secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is ensuring you have the most up-to-date information when you make your retirement decisions. As the bells ring in the New Year, they also bring changes for new Social Security retirement beneficiaries. Full […]

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