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TAG : Social Security

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. ...

Money: Social Security Connection-March 2009

Question:I applied for Social Security benefits at age 65, while I was still employed. The man who filled out my application at the Social Security office told me that if my husband passed away, I would be able to draw a good percentage of his Social Security benefit amount along with my own ...

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-January 2009

Q: How do I find out how much my Social Security benefit amount will be? Is there a way to find out if I could draw more on my record, my deceased ex-husband’s record (we were married for 13 years), or on my current husband’s record? – N.V., CaliforniaA: You can request a benefit estimate ...

Social Security Connection-December 2008

Q: Can people receiving Social Security disability benefits work part time? If so, how many hours can they work, and is there a maximum amount of money they can earn? – Reader, KansasA: Yes, people receiving Social Security disability benefits can work. The earnings limit for nonblind ...

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 ...