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Social Security and You

Agency Puts Lump of Coal in Seniors’ Stockings – Social Security

Just last week, I wrote a column in which I passed along my ideas for a holiday gift for senior citizens. One is a booklet published by the Social Security Administration called “Fast Facts and Figures.” It’s a short booklet (about 40 pages) crammed with fun and interesting tidbits about the Social Security program. Just

Social Security and You

Sometimes, You Just Can’t Win – Social Security and You

I’ll tell you this: Sometimes, you just can’t win. I’ve learned over the years that you have to have a pretty thick skin to be a Social Security columnist. And that’s because people will frequently misread something I write, or they will take something I said the wrong way, and then they let me have

Social Security and You

Social Security for Divorced Women

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay My wife and I and a group of our neighbors were chatting the other day, and it dawned on us that there are eight houses in a row on our block in which each of the couples has been married for more than 50 years! Well, not quite. My

Social Security and You

Protective Filing Dates

This is going to be a column about a special procedure that the Social Security Administration routinely uses that is intended to help people by protecting their rights to possible benefits. It’s called a “protective filing date.” In a nutshell, if you contact the SSA and tell them you intend to file for some kind