Category - Social Security

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Divorced with Children? Social Security Benefits for You
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It’s Okay to Start Social Security Earlier Than Planned
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Interaction of Survivor Benefits with Your Own Benefits
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What You’re Up Against For Financial Success
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Taxability of Social Security

Divorced with Children? Social Security Benefits for You

There are special rules that apply for Social Security benefits when you are divorced with children. While the ex-spouse is living, there is a discriminatory effect on benefits, but after the ex-spouse dies, a surviving ex-spouse with children under age 16 has one advantage over a surviving ex-spouse with no children. (The age of the child is not a factor if the child is permanently disabled and the disability began before age 22.)

During the life of your ex-spouse

Beth and Steve are divorced with children, three kids under age 16. Steve, age 62, started receiving Social Security benefits this …

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It’s Okay to Start Social Security Earlier Than Planned

There are a number of sayings about how you can make plans for your life and not be able to see them through. Financial planning is not something you do to guarantee that things will go your way but a way to ensure that you are prepared for whatever life may throw at you. It’s okay to start social security earlier than you had planned.

After hearing from a senior who felt like a failure because of the need to start Social Security earlier that anticipated in an online chat, Washington Post finance columnist Michelle Singletary responded:

“If you need

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Interaction of Survivor Benefits with Your Own Benefits

Social Security Survivor Benefits can be a critical lifeline for surviving spouses. The interaction of survivor benefits with your own benefits can be a bit confusing though. Does starting to receive one benefit affect your future amount of the other benefit? How about vice-versa? There’s a lot written about the topic in Social Security’s POMS manual, but it becomes very simple after you study it a bit.

The interaction of survivor benefits with your own benefits can be played out in one of two ways: either you take your own benefit first and the survivor benefit later; or vice versa, …

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What You’re Up Against For Financial Success

Our firm of fiduciary advisers spend a significant amount of time helping clients distinguish the differences between practical decisions and emotional decisions. Everyone likes to think that they always remove emotion from the equation and respond with reason.

When it comes to money, there are few places where emotion has a greater presence. Long before you battle letting emotion slip into your investment behavior or influence your level of spending, you make the decision of partnering (or not) with an adviser.

Whether it is your nephew, a friend from church, or an old college pal, deciding who (if anyone at …

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Taxability of Social Security

In a comment on the article last week (Adjusting Withholding Saved 44% of the Tax Bill), a question came up about the taxability of Social Security benefits. It can be complicated, hopefully this explanation will help you understand taxability of Social Security a bit better.

Social Security is taxable at three different levels, based upon how much other income you have and your income tax filing status.

First, you need to calculate your Provisional Income – which is 50% of your household Social Security benefits plus all of your other taxable income, plus any tax-free income.

Next, there …

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