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SSA Shortchanged Some Widows Jan. 16, 2019

Social Security and You

Last year, the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General completed an audit a... Read More

Turning 66 in 2019? Consider Filing for Benefits This Month Jan. 02, 2019

Social Security and You

I write a column similar to this one every January. But I don't mind plagiarizing myself, as the col... Read More

This Couple Has a Couple Options Apr. 25, 2018

Social Security and You

Q: My wife and I both turn 66 later this year. (Our birthdays are just two days apart.) I've worked ... Read More

SSA Service: Am I a Shill or a Critic? Apr. 11, 2018

Social Security and You

I figure I must be doing something right when I get back-to-back emails from readers criticizing me ... Read More

When in Doubt, Always File a Claim Mar. 28, 2018

Social Security and You

Q: I want to thank you so much for helping me out. A few months ago, I gave you the particulars of o... Read More

An Apology -- 25 Years Later Mar. 21, 2018

Social Security and You

I just got an email that absolutely floored me. Honestly, it even brought a lump to my throat. It ha... Read More

Prisoners Do NOT Get Social Security Aug. 09, 2017

Social Security and You

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

Explaining the Windfall Elimination Provision May. 31, 2017

Social Security and You

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about something called the "government pension offset." It is a la... Read More

Working Seniors Pay Taxes and May See Benefit Increase Mar. 22, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: I just turned 71 years old. I have been getting Social Security since I was 66. I was having trou... Read More

My Advice: Don't Play by the Rules Feb. 01, 2017

Social Security and You

Well, let's see if I get in trouble again! Today's question comes from a retiree who plans to return... Read More

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits? Jun. 25, 2014

Ask Carrie

Dear Carrie: I'm 59 and recently suffered a severe injury that prevents me from working, possibly f... Read More

Government Can't Say No Apr. 13, 2014

Debra J. Saunders

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is in big trouble. In 2016, the program's trust fun... Read More

When in Doubt, Demand to File a Claim Jan. 22, 2014

Social Security and You

Q: Even though my husband and I lived together for 20 years, we didn't actually get married until tw... Read More