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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Being A Representative Payee

Q: Last year I started receiving Social Security benefits for my adult disabled son and just received a form asking how his benefits were used during the year. What is this about? A: A person receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits on behalf of a child or adult is their representative payee. Representative…
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Earnings And Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Q: How do earnings reduce Supplemental Security Income amounts? A: This question is about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and does not apply to Social Security benefits. Supplemental Security Income is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues. It is designed to help people aged 65 and over as well as blind and…
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Comparing Social Security And SSI

Q: How is SSI different from Social Security? A: Starting with a short answer, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security are completely different programs. A person can receive both if meeting the separate rules of each. In no particular order, here are more differences between these two programs. Work is at the core of…
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