How Social Security Works: The Trust Fund

April 1, 2019

A common misconception about Social Security is that: “The money I pay into Social Security is my retirement or disability, and when I retire that pile of money is there waiting for me.” In fact, the taxes you pay on your wages fund the Social Security Trust Fund, which actively pays the people who are [...]

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Social Security Retirement Benefits

March 2, 2019

In order to qualify for Retirement benefits under Social Security you need to work and pay Social Security taxes for a minimum of ten years. The ten year requirement does not mean that the ten years of work has to be continuous; Social Security breaks your work record up into “quarters of coverage” or “credits.” [...]

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Social Security Cost of Living Increase

January 31, 2019

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 Retirement at Age 62

December 12, 2018

If you plan on starting your Social Security Retirement benefits at age 62, there are several things you need to know. To start your benefits you will need to schedule an appointment or apply online; the earliest you can call to schedule the appointment is three months prior to your 62nd birthday. If you start [...]

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Social Security Privatization is Not Dead

November 22, 2018

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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