No One Knows About A 2017 COLA Yet

Articles guessing about Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for next year are starting to appear.  No matter what you read or hear, no one knows 2017 COLA information yet and no one will officially know until approximately mid-October. Last year, the Social Security COLA press release was on October 15.  By…
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Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2016

The new edition of Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2016 is available. I like this booklet. Perhaps you will too. Issued annually, this short booklet answers frequently asked questions about the programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It highlights basic program data for the Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability (OASDI) and…
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Benefits To A Grandchild

The Social Security publication, Benefits for Children, mentions that grandchildren can sometimes receive child’s benefits. This is possible but not very common. Here are more details from the Social Security website, More and more parents are finding themselves raising grandchildren. Social Security will pay benefits to grandchildren when the grandparent retires, becomes disabled, or…
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The Beginnings Of SSA Disability

The above image is of a 1968 poster advertising Social Security disability benefits. Today is the anniversary of major legislation in the evolution of Social Security disability benefits. As signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Social Security Amendments of 1954, originally disability benefits provided for a “freeze” to a person’s record…
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Changing Your Voluntary Tax Withholding

Q: How do I change the amount of taxes withheld from my Social Security benefit? A: Taxes are not routinely withheld from Social Security benefits but you can request, change or end voluntary Federal tax withholding by completing IRS Form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request, and returning it to your local SSA office. Voluntary withholding is…
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