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14 Social Security Tasks You Can Do Online
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14 Social Security Tasks You Can Do Online

Why visit a government office to get your Social Security business done? You can do much of that online.
June 26, 2020
What's My Social Security Full Retirement Age?
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What's My Social Security Full Retirement Age?

Your full retirement age is the age at which you are eligible to receive 100% of your Social Security retirement benefit. When the Social Security Act…
June 18, 2020
Will Your Stimulus Check Increase the Tax on Your Social Security Benefits?
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Will Your Stimulus Check Increase the Tax on Your Social Security Benefits?

It comes down to whether your stimulus check will boost your "provisional income."
June 18, 2020
No Social Security COLA Increase Likely for 2021
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No Social Security COLA Increase Likely for 2021

Retirees and others should temper hopes of a cost-of-living increase for 2021, and the effect might last even longer.
May 15, 2020
10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Stimulus Check
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10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Stimulus Check

It's especially difficult for Social Security recipients to learn the ins and outs of stimulus checks, since there are several special rules that only…
May 9, 2020
Be Proactive When Planning How To Claim Social Security Benefits
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Be Proactive When Planning How To Claim Social Security Benefits

As they say, nothing worth having comes easily ... and that goes double when it comes to Social Security. Maximizing your Social Security benefit take…
May 4, 2020
10 Questions Retirees Often Get Wrong About Taxes in Retirement
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10 Questions Retirees Often Get Wrong About Taxes in Retirement

You worked hard to build your retirement nest egg. But do you know how to minimize taxes on your savings?
May 1, 2020
Social Security Recipients Will Start Getting Stimulus Checks This Week
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Social Security Recipients Will Start Getting Stimulus Checks This Week

The IRS is using information from the Social Security Administration to process stimulus payments for people who didn't file a 2018 or 2019 tax return…
May 1, 2020
13 Financial Moves to Make After Losing a Spouse
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13 Financial Moves to Make After Losing a Spouse

Nothing upends your world like the death of a spouse, leaving you at a loss for what to do next.
April 29, 2020
SSI Recipients with Children Can Get a Larger Stimulus Check (But Quick Action is Required)
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SSI Recipients with Children Can Get a Larger Stimulus Check (But Quick Action is Required)

An extra $500 per child will be added to stimulus checks for disabled, blind, or elderly Supplemental Security Income recipients who didn't file a 201…
April 27, 2020
Covering Your Monthly Expenses in Retirement: Estimate Them, Then Secure Your Income
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Covering Your Monthly Expenses in Retirement: Estimate Them, Then Secure Your Income

The best way to make sure you have enough money to last you through retirement is to focus on the income you need to support yourself, rather than the…
April 27, 2020
Your 2020 Stimulus Check: How Much? When? And Other Questions Answered
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Your 2020 Stimulus Check: How Much? When? And Other Questions Answered

People have a lot of questions about the economic stimulus checks authorized by the CARES Act. We have answers.
April 22, 2020
How to Get a Stimulus Check if You Don't File a Tax Return
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How to Get a Stimulus Check if You Don't File a Tax Return

Economic stimulus payments are generally based on information from 2018 or 2019 tax returns, but non-filers can still get a check. Here's how.
April 21, 2020
Social Security Recipients Will Receive a Stimulus Check Automatically
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Social Security Recipients Will Receive a Stimulus Check Automatically

Most people who receive Social Security benefits don't need to file a tax return or provide information to the IRS to get an economic impact payment.
April 20, 2020
Stimulus Check Alert: Social Security Recipients with Children Must Act Now to Get Extra $500
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Stimulus Check Alert: Social Security Recipients with Children Must Act Now to Get Extra $500

The IRS announced a new deadline for people receiving Social Security benefits who have dependents. Immediate action is required!
April 20, 2020
Stimulus Check Tracker: What's With the "Payment Status Not Available" Message on the IRS's "Get My Payment" Tool?
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Stimulus Check Tracker: What's With the "Payment Status Not Available" Message on the IRS's "Get My Payment" Tool?

A lot of people are frustrated because they can't get any information from the IRS's stimulus payment tracking tool. Here's why.
April 20, 2020
Veterans Receiving VA Benefits Will Automatically Receive Stimulus Checks
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Veterans Receiving VA Benefits Will Automatically Receive Stimulus Checks

No action is needed by most VA benefit recipients in order to receive an economic impact payment from the IRS.
April 17, 2020
5 Ways This Recession Hits Retirees Particularly Hard
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5 Ways This Recession Hits Retirees Particularly Hard

April 15, 2020
16 Retirement Mistakes You Will Regret Forever
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16 Retirement Mistakes You Will Regret Forever

From saving too little to claiming Social Security too early, there are plenty of ways retirees -- and those planning for retirement -- can sabotage t…
April 10, 2020
5 Ways Retirees Can Play Defense With Retirement Portfolios
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5 Ways Retirees Can Play Defense With Retirement Portfolios

All this market volatility might unnerve investors of any age—but particularly those just entering retirement.
April 8, 2020
How to Calculate the Break-Even Age for Taking Social Security
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How to Calculate the Break-Even Age for Taking Social Security

Do you know what your Social Security break-even age is? Here's how to figure it out, and how it could help you decide when to take Social Security, e…
April 7, 2020
11 Ways the CARES Act and Other Government Measures Could Help You in 2020
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11 Ways the CARES Act and Other Government Measures Could Help You in 2020

Hopefully, the CARES Act and other coronavirus stimulus measures will get the U.S. economy back on track. Some of the changes made could improve your …
March 31, 2020
11 Coronavirus Stimulus Measures That Could Help You in 2020
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11 Coronavirus Stimulus Measures That Could Help You in 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is crushing the U.S.
March 26, 2020
Financially, Marriage Makes a Lot of Sense for Retirees
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Financially, Marriage Makes a Lot of Sense for Retirees

There are some major financial benefits to tying the knot. From IRAs to Social Security and tax exemptions, there are many reasons (besides the obviou…
March 9, 2020
Can You Count on Social Security?
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Can You Count on Social Security?

I think benefits will be available in some form, but I’m not relying on them for the bulk of my income.
March 6, 2020
38 States That Don't Tax Social Security Benefits
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38 States That Don't Tax Social Security Benefits

Some retirees are surprised to learn that Social Security is taxable.
March 6, 2020