How And Why To Review Your Social Security Statement

Your Social Security Statement contains information about whether or not you have worked long enough to receive Social Security benefits as well as how much you will receive. Reviewing the Statement is the first step on the road to understanding how Social Security works and making sure that Social Security has a correct history of…
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Estimate For Your Survivors – SSA Statement

Last week I wrote that Social Security survivors benefits were not included in the original 1935 Social Security Act but were considered so important that they were created as part of the 1939 Amendments. This changed Social Security from a retirement program only for individual workers into the family-based economic security program we have today.…
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Your My Social Security Password

Q: On long does a my Social Security password stay valid? A: Establishing your online my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ allows immediate access to a growing number of services. You choose a personal username and password when creating your account. For security reasons, your password is valid for 6 months. If your password expires,…
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Do You Lose Social Security Coverage If Not Working?

Q: I have worked for years and, according to my Statement, have enough credits to qualify for Social Security benefits. Do I lose this coverage if I stop working? A: Work requirements are part of Social Security and credits, formerly called quarters of coverage, are the way work is measured to see if a person…
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Today Is Check Your Statement Day

Noted in yesterday’s post about my Social Security, today is “Check Your Statement Day.” Checking your Social Security Statement is important for retirement planning but, in my opinion, it is even more important for people many years away from retirement, especially if you have dependent children. Including survivors and disability benefits, Social Security is far…
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