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 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 27, 2022 

When Must You Pay Income Tax on Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Must I Pay Income Tax on Social Security Benefits? Dear Rusty: I do not recall the rules on my income tax obligation for Social Security benefits. Can you please explain these rules to...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 23, 2022

What to Do with That Social Security Check After a Spouse Dies

Ask Rusty – Will My Husband's Benefits Continue After He Dies? Dear Rusty: My husband is 65 and I am 55. He has recently been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. My question is, will I continue...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 9, 2022

Factors to Consider in Collecting Social Security Survivor Benefit

Ask Rusty – Can a Widower Get Full Survivor Benefits Early? Dear Rusty: My wife passed from COVID-related heart disease in 2020, just short of her 65th birthday. I will be 66 in May 2023. Do I have...

 

Social Security Adjusts Benefits If You Continue to Work

Ask Rusty - I'm Working; Why Hasn't My Social Security Benefit Increased? Dear Rusty: I will be 72 in July. I started taking my Social Security at age 64 after a job loss and other items that came...

 

Social Security Benefits as Taxable Income

Ask Rusty – About Payroll Tax and Income Tax on Social Security Dear Rusty: Is it possible for you to go over how the Federal withholding tax is computed on Social Security benefits? Signed:...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    April 9, 2022

Will Social Security Go Bankrupt?

Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Early Due to Social Security's Financial Condition? Dear Rusty: I plan on retiring at 62, one year from now. I have been coached to (if financially possible) leave my...

 

Social Security and Illegal Immigrants - What's the Story?

Ask Rusty – Do Immigrants Get Social Security Benefits? Dear Rusty: I am 90 and a long time Social Security recipient - I signed up at age 62, which I now know was not wise, but I digress. We see...

 

Are There Financial Penalties if You Don't Sign Up at 65 for Medicare?

Ask Rusty – My Husband Still Works; Must He Enroll in Medicare at age 65? Dear Rusty: There is confusion between my husband and me on when he should file for Medicare. My husband will be 64 in...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    March 1, 2022

Should I Just Keep Working? Social Security and Medicare are too Confusing

Ask Rusty – I'm Confused About Taking Medicare and Social Security Dear Rusty: I just turned 64 and now get stuff about Medicare and Medigap and so on. I really don't know how to retire when it's...

 

Social Security Survivor Benefits When the Deceased is Under 62 Years of Age

Ask Rusty – About Survivor Benefits for Minor Children Dear Rusty: My nephew died suddenly at 50 years of age and left 2 children, ages 17 and 14. He was divorced, but they were married for more...

 

Swiss Immigrant Who Never Worked In US Asks About Social Security

Dear Rusty: I am originally from Switzerland. I moved to the States, got married in 2012, and became a US Citizen in 2016. I never worked in the United States but have 44 years of Social Security...

 

How are Social Security Benefits Taxed?

Ask Rusty – Will My Social Security Benefits Ever Be Non-Taxable? Dear Rusty: If we take our Social Security at our full retirement age (66 years and 6 months for both of us) and we both continue...

 

How Much Social Security Am I Going to Receive?

Ask Rusty – Will I Have Any Social Security Benefits? Dear Rusty: I'm 60 years of age and wonder if I will have any Social Security retirement benefits. After all, I did purchase them. Signed:...

 

Learn How to Maximize Spousal and Survivor Benefits

Ask Rusty – Is My Analysis of my Wife's Social Security Correct? Dear Rusty: I am 63 and my wife is exactly 4 ½ years younger than me to the day. I plan to file for Social Security when I tur...

 

What Happens to Social Security Benefits Withheld Due to the Earnings Limit?

Ask Rusty – How Do I Get Back Benefits Withheld Due to the Earnings Limit? Dear Rusty: If I work and take Social Security before my full retirement age, how can I find out how I will be paid back...

 

If I Have Medicare Advantage, Why Do I Need Medicare Part B?

Ask Rusty – I Have Medicare Advantage - Why Is a Medicare Premium Deducted from my Social Security? Dear Rusty: My wife and I have a Medicare Advantage Plan, and we do not use Medicare for our...

 

Will a Cut In Pay Reduce My Social Security Benefits? Could early retirement be a better alternative?

Dear Rusty: I recently took a big pay cut in my job. Several older friends have advised that I not continue to work much longer in this reduced paying job because it will affect my Social Security...

 

Should I Take Social Security if I Don't Need It?

Ask Rusty – Should I Take Social Security Even If I Don't Need It? Dear Rusty: I am 66 years plus 8 months old, am still working making six figures, and can support myself. I'm a healthy, self-emplo...

 

If I Have Veterans Administration Health Coverage, Should I Get Medicare Part B?

Ask Rusty – I Have VA Coverage; Should I Get Medicare Part B? Dear Rusty: I am a 74 year old veteran enrolled with the VA. I have never had Medicare Part B. Should I? My only source of income is Soc...

 

How to Apply for Social Security: Step by Step Instructions

Ask Rusty – How Do I Apply for Social Security Benefits? Dear Rusty: I would like some advice concerning Social Security. In January I will be 62.5 years old. I was laid off two years ago and have...

 

Man with Foreign Pension Wants His Social Security Windfall Reduction Back - He Won't Get It

Ask Rusty – Social Security's WEP is Unfair – I Want My Money Back! Dear Rusty: How can a foreign company pay into the US Social Security system? I worked in Barbados before I immigrated to the...

 

When is it Best to Collect Your Social Security Survivor Benefit

Ask Rusty – Should I Take My Widower Benefit Now? Dear Rusty: I lost my wife 7 years ago. I was told that I could possibly collect 30 to 35% of her benefit as a widower benefit when I turned 60. I...

 

How do Congressional Pay Increases Compare to Cost of Living Increases for Social Security?

Ask Rusty – About Computing COLA and Congressional Pay Increases Dear Rusty: What determines the amount of the cost of living increase for Social Security as compared to the cost of living increase...

 

Medicare Part B Explained: Where Do They Get That Premium From?

Ask Rusty – Why Is My Medicare Part B Premium So High? Dear Rusty: Social Security is deducting $297 per month for my Medicare Part B coverage. I have what's called a "Windfall Elimination...

 

I'm Still Working But My Social Security Benefit isn't Rising

Ask Rusty – About Paying SS Tax While Still Working Dear Rusty: Upon being let go in 2009 at age 65 from my full time job of 30 years, I immediately applied for Social Security for my wife and I to...

 

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