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Q & A with SSA – Some common questions about benefits and programs

By Kirk Larson, Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist   What happens if I work and get Social Security retirement benefits? You can get Social Security retirement benefits and work at the same time. However, if you are younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, we will reduce your benefit. Starting with the month you …

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Count on Social Security Survivor Benefits To Protect Your Family

By Kirk Larson, Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist   Tragedy strikes without warning.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2.7 million people will die in the U.S. this year.  For families who lose a wage earner, it can have a devastating financial impact in addition to the emotional one. If you work, some of the …

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By Kirk Larson, Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist Mid-April features both Ex-Spouse Day and Tax day. These two observances are extra important if you are an ex-spouse, because Social Security pays benefits to eligible former spouses. In addition, you may need to claim this income on your tax forms. If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled …

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By Kirk Larson, Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist Social Security is a critical federal program that promotes income stability among millions of households in the United States. Social Security is always evolving to meet the needs of the American public. We’re optimistic about the future and the limitless possibilities for progress. Much of the progress we’ve made together, as a …

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