Estimate Your SSA Retirement Online

An Internet connection is all you need to use the Social Security Retirement Estimator, ranked as a 2011 best federal website (more about this later) and part of the SSA Retirement Planner located at More than general information, the Retirement Estimator connects to your personal SSA work record.  To protect your privacy, the Estimator reply…
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Your Own Amount Comes First

Q:  Will my own Social Security amount be lower if family members receive benefits through my record? A:  No, it will not be lower.  Your own SSA retirement or disability amount is determined first and is the same whether or not anyone else is entitled on your record.

Register For Business Services Online Webinar – Part 2

Details about the second Social Security Business Services Online (BSO) webinar were just announced.    Scheduled for December 15, 2011 at 1:00pm eastern time, it will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS).   Register at  With SSNVS, you can: Verify up to 10 names and SSNs online and…
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Naming A Baby?

 Expecting an end of year or New Year’s baby?  Looking for a name?  Visit the Social Security “popular baby name” section at for names used in 2010 and for any year after 1879.  You can rank the popularity of a name from the top 20 to the top 1000.  You can also sort popular…
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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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