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Social Security Announces Benefit Increase for 2017

By Kirk Larson, Social Security Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 65 million Americans will increase 0.3 percent in 2017, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2017. Increased …

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Social Security Delivers the Most Popular Baby Names for 2015

By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah are America’s most popular baby names.  This marks the third year at number one for Noah and the second for Emma.  In Washington State the two top names are a little different. Oliver and Olivia are at the top.  Like a …

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What is FICA & how does work with Social Security payments?

By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist Receiving your first paycheck is an empowering milestone. Do you remember being a little shocked by the taxes that Uncle Sam takes out of each paycheck? Understanding how important your contribution is takes some of the sting away because your taxes are helping millions of Americans — and financially securing your …

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PROTECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT

By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist If you watch the news, listen to the radio or read a newspaper, magazine or the Internet, then you probably are aware that identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America.  While recovering from an act of identity theft can be difficult, there are steps you can take to …

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