Social Security Privatization is Not Dead

June 10, 2017

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 11, 2017

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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Replacing Your Social Security Card

May 1, 2017

Millions of people request replacement Social Security cards every year. Social Security has recently changed the rules for accepting applications for these cards. Here is what you need to know to get your Social Security card replaced. In order to replace your Social Security card you will need to fill out an application; the application [...]

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How Social Security Works: The Trust Fund

March 2, 2017

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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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

December 12, 2016

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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