Social Security Cost of Living Increase

September 12, 2020

Social Security has announced the cost of living increase for 2007. This increase will be a 3.3% raise reflected in your January check. The Medicare Part B premium is also going up; this premium will have a $5 increase from $88.50 to $93.50, also effective in January 2007.

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Social Security 1099 Forms

August 13, 2020

As of today Social Security has completed mailing form 1099 to all Disability and Retirement beneficiaries. The amounts on this 1099 have been reported to IRS for tax purposes. Remember, Social Security benefits (with the exception of SSI) are not exempt from Federal income tax. Whether or not you have to pay income tax at [...]

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Social Security Privatization is Not Dead

July 14, 2020

You may recall the Bush Administration suffered a defeat in their attempt to privatize Social Security. After this initiative failed due to public outcry, the focus of Bush’s presidency shifted back to the war in Iraq. This defeat does not mean the Republican efforts to outsource Social Security are finished, not by a long shot. [...]

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Social Security and Power of Attorney

May 25, 2020

You might think because you have “Power of Attorney” for your relative or loved one you will be able to conduct business for them with the Social Security Administration. The agency does not recognize “Power of Attorney” and this document will get you no information from Social Security about your relative or loved one. Social [...]

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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

February 25, 2020

Social Security benefits are not exempt from Federal income tax. This is true for both Social Security retirement and disability benefits. SSI benefits however, are not taxable. Whether or not you have to pay income taxes on these benefits depends on your total income for the year. For most people who receive Social Security benefits [...]

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