Third Business Services Online Webinar Announced – Register Now

Details about the third Social Security Business Services Online (BSO) webinar are available.    Scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:00pm eastern time, this free session will provide step-by-step instructions for electronic W-2 wage reporting.   Register to participate at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/webinars/. This will conclude the current “Business Services Online (BSO): The Joy of Using BSO” series.  In Part I, you…
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Want To Start Your Social Security Retirement? Answer These Questions First.

Much of my workday for the Social Security Administration involves public contact, including teaching pre-retirement seminars or through articles.   “When should I start my Social Security retirement?” is a very popular question.    There is no one best answer to this question.  You decide what is right for you. In no particular order, here are a…
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Disability – The Third Social Security Program

Signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Social Security Amendments of 1954 initiated the disability program.  Cash benefits were not yet provided but a method was created to prevent periods of low earnings due to disability from reducing or wiping out retirement and survivor benefits. In his signing statement, President Eisenhower said, in…
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And Then, Survivors

Survivors benefits became the second Social Security program with the 1939 Amendments.  Recall from the previous post that the Social Security Act of 1935 provided only retirement benefits, and only to the worker.  Family benefits did not exist. The 1939 Amendments fundamentally changed the Social Security program by adding two new categories of benefits:  payments to…
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Retirement – The First SSA Program

When you work a lot with anything, it is easy to assume, incorrectly, that everyone knows the basics.  I have done that here by not identifying the different Social Security Administration programs.   Today I will step back and start doing so.     Described in its preamble as “An act to provide for the general welfare…
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