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Turning 66 in 2018? Consider Filing for Benefits This Month Jan. 03, 2018

Social Security and You

I write a column similar to this one every January. But I don't mind plagiarizing myself because it ... Read More

My Christmas Wish List for Social Security Dec. 20, 2017

Social Security and You

Dear Santa, I've been a good kid this year. Well, I've occasionally been naughty. For example, I was... Read More

An Open Letter to President Trump With a Christmas Gift Idea Dec. 13, 2017

Social Security and You

Dear Mr. President, I hear that your presidency is off to a rocky start. That swamp you said you'd d... Read More

Split Marriage Adds Up to No Benefits Dec. 06, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: I am 66 years old. I am getting my own Social Security retirement check, but it is rather small &... Read More

Benefit Starting Date Confusion Nov. 22, 2017

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Q: I turn 66 in January and want benefits to start then. A few weeks ago, I filled out the claim for... Read More

Checks for Son Can Still Come in Mom's Name Nov. 08, 2017

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Q: I took my Social Security at age 62 so my 14-year-old son and his 55-year-old mother could get be... Read More

Benefits for Divorced Women Nov. 01, 2017

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All of today's questions come from, or are about, women who are divorced. So let me make this genera... Read More

High School Kids and Social Security Oct. 11, 2017

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I spent part of my 32-year career with the Social Security Administration as a public affairs specia... Read More

Social Security and My Mom Oct. 04, 2017

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You are probably reading this column sometime in early October, which is when I always think of my m... Read More

More Questions ... More Answers Sep. 27, 2017

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Last week, I tried to answer as many questions as I could in the limited space I have. But I ran out... Read More

Social Security: Short and Quick Sep. 20, 2017

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Because Social Security rules can be so confusing to so many people, and because it can take some ti... Read More

Do You Really Want a Shrunken SSA? Sep. 13, 2017

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I sure am glad President Trump isn't considering me to be the new head of the Social Security Admini... Read More

When to Actually File for Social Security Retirement Benefits Aug. 16, 2017

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For some reason, I have been getting an awful lot of questions lately from seniors who are fretting ... Read More

Prisoners Do NOT Get Social Security Aug. 09, 2017

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Q: I was in my local Social Security office recently. While I was sitting in the waiting room, I not... Read More

Elderly Seniors Want More From Social Security Jul. 05, 2017

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I guess it's just a sign of the times we are living in. But I am amazed by the number of emails that... Read More

'Repeal Now, Replace Later' Is Really Mean Jul. 04, 2017

Froma Harrop

How many Jedi mind tricks can Republicans successfully play on a weary American public? Their powers... Read More

Social Security Laws Are NOT Changing Constantly Jun. 28, 2017

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Several times every week, someone makes a comment similar to this one, which I found in today's emai... Read More

Rules About Retroactive Benefits Jun. 14, 2017

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Before I get to today's questions, all of which deal with claiming retroactive benefits, I must make... Read More

No Bonus for Vets May. 10, 2017

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I'm guessing there's something floating around on the internet giving veterans false hope that they ... Read More

My Apologies for Another Maximizing Column Apr. 26, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: I am 68 years old and retired. My wife is 60 and still working. When I was 66, my financial plann... Read More