More About Income Taxes & Your Social Security Benefit

 “Are my Social Security benefits taxable?” is a very popular question, especially at this time of year.   Here is more detail about a topic touched upon early in November.  As always, this is general information.  No Social Security Administration employee can provide you with specific tax advice.   Whether or not your income from Social Security…
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November Social Security Historical Highlights

To end the month, here are some November Social Security historical highlights. November 5, 1934: President Roosevelt announced the members of a 23-member Advisory Council to the Committee on Economic Security (CES).  Background:  By early 1934 President Roosevelt had concluded the nation needed to develop a social insurance system to prevent in the future the…
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SSA Retirement Benefits Do Not Prevent Survivors Benefits

Q:  Will starting my own Social Security retirement prevent me from ever receiving survivors benefits? A:  No, assuming that any widow or widower’s benefit you become eligible for is higher than your own retirement amount.    The timing of which to start first can be important if you are eligible for both a retirement and…
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Have Child With Disability? Know About SSI.

Q:  My newborn has serious health problems and a hospital nurse said I should call Social Security.  Why?  I do not receive Social Security. A:  Healthy or not, children younger than age 18 can receive Social Security benefits through a parents work record if that parent receives SSA retirement, disability or is insured for survivors…
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Divorced? Learn About SSA Divorced Spouse Benefits.

Q:   I have been divorced for several years.   Since my ex-husband had higher earnings, can I receive Social Security from his record? A:  Perhaps.   If divorced, benefits to you from your ex-spouse’s Social Security record are possible if the marriage lasted 10 years or longer and other requirements are met.  This is even if he…
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