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TAG : benefits

Money: Social Security Connection

Question:I’ve been working full-time with chronic pain caused from an automobile accident nearly 15 years ago. It’s to the point now that I don’t think I can do it much longer.How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits? Someone told me I had to quit my job before I could ...

Money: Social Security Connection

Question:If I start drawing Social Security benefits at age 62, will my benefit amount stay the same for the rest of my life, or will it increase when I turn 65? – G.T., MaineAnswer:Once you file for reduced benefits (meaning if you file before your full retirement age), your benefit amount ...

Money: Social Security Connection

Question: Can I apply for Social Security benefits online, or do I have to go to my local Social Security office to sign up? – L.S., KansasAnswer: You can file online for retirement and disability benefits at www.SocialSecurity.gov.Question: I’m currently receiving Social Security benefits. ...

Social Security Connection-February 2009

Q: I retired with a civil service pension, but also qualified for Social Security. When I was doing my taxes last year, I was startled to find out that I was taxed 71 percent on my Social Security income of $377 a month.Why are people taxed on their Social Security benefits? It doesn’t make ...

Money: Social Security Connection – November 2008

Q: Does a person have a better chance at getting approved for Social Security disability if he or she has a lawyer? My neighbor didn’t have a lawyer, and he was denied twice. Then he got a lawyer the third time around, and he was approved. – B.K., MissouriA: No, not necessarily. However, if ...