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The Importance of Social Security Survivors Benefits

May 31, 2017 • By

Most people don’t like to think about death. We plan for life, for that day when we retire, for the places we’ll go and the things that we’ll do then. Unfortunately, death is a part of life we must prepare for. The death of a worker is devastating for the entire family, not only emotionally, […]

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Five Resources to Prepare You for Retirement

May 8, 2017 • By

Social Security wants to help you prepare for a secure, comfortable retirement. “Security” is our middle name and we want everyone to enjoy the fruits of a lifetime of labor. We mentioned before that being prepared when you retire can open new avenues of possibilities. Our website has tools and information to help you secure […]

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Knowing where you stand now with Social Security will pay off

March 23, 2017 • By

For most people, Social Security is a mystery. We see that 6.2 percent deduction on our pay stubs and wonder: What does it mean for my financial future? The answers: A lot. And not enough. After tax season, take a few minutes to go online and read your Social Security statement. Even if your retirement […]

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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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Finding Value—and my Social Security—in light of Budget Cuts

January 9, 2017 • By

Every payday, you have Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Self-Employed Contributions Act (SECA) taxes deducted from your paycheck. Nearly all of these contributions are used to pay Social Security benefits to more than 60 million retired, disabled, and widowed workers and their children, as well as to Medicare beneficiaries. A very small amount also […]

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A Fulfilling New Years Resolution: Retirement Planning

January 4, 2017 • By

 It’s 2017, and that means you might be one more year closer to retirement. Whether you’re at your very first job or wrapping up a successful career, there are always new things to learn about when it comes to saving for the future. So why not make retirement planning part of your New Year’s resolution! […]

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Share the Gift of Security

December 5, 2016 • By

We have all received gifts we’ve wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you’re there for them, no matter what, is the best gift of all. And you avoid the embarrassment of giving an awkward gift! […]

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Between Festivities, Visit My Social Security

November 17, 2016 • By

The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it family gatherings and familiar traditions. As you bustle about from place to place, sharing turkey dinners and catching up with loved ones, there’s one errand you can avoid — a visit to the Social Security office. Why take time out of your busy holiday schedule to […]

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Our Top Ten Blogs

November 3, 2016 • By

Social Security is always looking for ways to improve how we communicate with you. It’s been a year-and-a-half since we joined the blogosphere, and we couldn’t be happier! This blog is exactly what we envisioned, an honest conversation with you about our programs, the topics that matter to you, and how our agency can better […]

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Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft

August 25, 2016 • By

Every year, millions of Americans become victims of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name.  

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