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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, May 8, 2014

6 Tips for Maximizing Social Security

Social SecurityWhile Social Security benefits are commonly included in retirement planning, there are 6 lesser known facts about Social Security that are important to know for maximizing benefits, which include:

  1. Social Security disability payments are from a separate program then other SS benefits
  2. Minor children may be eligible for survivor benefits when a parent dies
  3. There are unique restrictions for public sector employees
  4. A divorced spouse may be eligible for survivor benefits as well
  5. The survivor benefits for a spouse depend on when the deceased spouse and the surviving spouse claim SS benefits.
  6. Social Security taxes are not indexed for inflation

See Stephen Williams, 6 Steps to Maximizing Social Security Benefits,MarketWatch, May 1, 2014.


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