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Why Women Need to Plan Carefully to Make the Best Retirement Decisions

March 30, 2020 • By

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At the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER), we are often asked why we focus on women. The answer is simple.   There are 5.8 million more women than men at age 65. Also, 67 percent of people over age 85 are female. Many individuals age 85 and over end up living in poverty […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Important Information about Social Security Services

March 16, 2020 • By

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All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.

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Making Wise Choices When a Representative Payee Manages Your Money

January 23, 2020 • By

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Some of the millions of people who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits need help managing this money. A person assigned to help you manage your monthly benefits is called a representative payee. We may decide you need a representative payee if we receive information that indicates you need help to manage […]

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Educating Students About Social Security

May 7, 2019 • By

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In May, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and honor all of the educators who are preparing students for the future. Social Security knows that a well-informed instructor is usually the best one suited to educate others. That’s why we have online resources that are easy to access and share. Social Security’s Educator Toolkit is a […]

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Social Security Benefits: a Lifetime of Protections for Your Loved Ones

February 14, 2019 • By

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At Social Security, we know how much your loved ones mean to you—that’s why our promise of lifetime protections extends to them. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, some of your immediate family may also qualify to receive benefits on your record. We pay benefits to:

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Understanding Spouse’s Benefits

January 24, 2019 • By

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Marriage is a cultural institution that exists all over the world. Having a partner means sharing many things including a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re planning for your fun and vibrant golden years, here are a few things to remember:

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Social Security When You Are Self-Employed

October 18, 2018 • By

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Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, matches that contribution, sends taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and reports wages to Social Security. However, self-employed people must report their earnings and pay their Social Security taxes directly to the IRS. These […]

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Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

October 11, 2018 • By

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Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for […]

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Our Online Benefits Application

October 4, 2018 • By

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Social Security is committed to protecting and securing the information entrusted to us. We’re constantly looking for ways for you to save time by conducting your business anytime, anywhere, using our online services. Our online benefits application provides a high level of security and protection for the information you provide. Filing online gives you the […]

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Social Security Joins in the Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

September 20, 2018 • By

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From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This is when we honor the contributions of Hispanics to American society and celebrate this warm and vibrant culture. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics make up about 17.8 percent of our nation’s total population. As with all ethnicities in America, Hispanics can […]

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