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Why is My Social Security Cost of Living Increase Different From Everyone Else's?

Ask Rusty – Is My COLA Increase Based on My Current SS Benefit? Dear Rusty: I started collecting SS when I turned 70 to maximize my income. One factor that is never mentioned is that the annual...

 

Will Retiring Early from Work Affect my Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Will Retiring Early from Work Affect my Social Security? Dear Rusty: I stopped working at age 55, well before my full retirement age of 66 years and 10 months. I had over 35 years workin...

 

Your Expected Social Security Payout Will Depend in Part on Cost of Living Projections

Ask Rusty – About Including "COLA" in Benefit Projections Dear Rusty: In your reply to "Confused Senior" about when to claim Social Security benefits, I noticed that you did not take into account...

 

When is it Best to Wait Until Age 70 to Claim Social Security?

Ask Rusty – Is It Always Best to Wait Until Age 70 to Claim Social Security? Dear Rusty: I'm 66 years old and still (self) employed as a home builder. I have not taken Social Security benefits yet,...

 

Paying Social Security Now Will Not Increase Your Social Security Payment Later

Ask Rusty – Will Paying Social Security Tax Now Increase My Benefits later? Dear Rusty: I started drawing my benefits at age 62 due to being laid off from my job at age 60. I have continued working...

 

Your Social Security Income is Taxable

Ask Rusty – My Social Security Income Hurts When I File My Taxes Dear Rusty: I am getting hammered with taxes on my Social Security (SS). I am retired and draw a meager work pension and SS...

 

How Long Does it Take to Receive Social Security Once You Apply?

Ask Rusty – If I Apply Now, When Will I Get My First Social Security Payment? Dear Rusty: If I were to apply for my Social Security retirement (I'm 68 on August 1, 2021), when could I realistically...

 

Should She Claim Disability or Take Her Social Security Survivor Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Disability vs. Survivor Benefit Dear Rusty: I have a question regarding Social Security. I'm 54 and applying for disability. I've had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 19. My son, 16...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 30, 2021

Can a Wife and Minor Children Collect Social Security Based on Their Father?

Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Family Benefits? Dear Rusty: I was born in 1956 and my wife in 1961. I've got 45 years of SSA earnings, and I will have income in 2021. We have 4 minor children, the young...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 12, 2021

How Should I Decide When to Claim My Survivor's Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – When Should I Claim My Survivor Benefit? Dear Rusty: My wife passed away in 2014. I'm 60 years old and have been retired since August 2020. I know I'm entitled to survivor benefits, but...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 8, 2021

How Long Do You Have to Be Married to Qualify for Survivor Social Security Benefits When a Spouse Passes Away?

Dear Rusty: My husband and I were only married 5 years before he passed away from cancer. I am 61 and was told by SS that I don't qualify to receive his survivor benefits because we weren't married...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 30, 2021

When a Spouse Passes Away, Should You Claim the Spouse's Benefit or the Survivor Benefit and Difference?

Dear Rusty: When my father passed away and we went to update my mother's Social Security benefits, a question arose that I was confused by. We were asked "Do you want to claim just your father's...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 28, 2021

Is There Any Way to Collect a Higher Social Security Benefit As You Get Older?

Ask Rusty – Can I Get a Higher Benefit Now Because I'm Older? Dear Rusty: I started getting Social Security at age 62 and I am now 77. Can I get a higher benefit now that I'm older? Signed: Needy...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 11, 2021

Will Pensions from Foreign Countries Affect Your Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Will My UK Pension Affect My US Social Security? Dear Rusty: I am 57 years old, was born in the UK, and since 1988 have worked in the US. I have always paid US taxes and Social...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 7, 2021

Will Earnings from a State Pension Affect Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Will My Retirement Benefits Be Cut Because of My State Pension? Dear Rusty: I took early retirement at 20 years from the Louisiana public school system in 1996. Since then, I have...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    People    May 28, 2021

Should a Wife Claim a Social Security Spousal Benefit Now or Wait Until Full Retirement Age to Collect her Own?

Ask Rusty – Should My Wife Wait Until Age 70 to Claim? Dear Rusty: I'm 74 and receiving my Social Security benefits. My wife is 68 and we are delaying her benefits until she's 70. But I read an...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 24, 2021

Will Applying for Disability Affect Your Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Will Applying for SS Disability Hurt SS Retirement Benefit? Dear Rusty: My husband turns 65 later this month. He has started having health issues - so much so that we are thinking about...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 17, 2021

When is the Best Time to Collect Social Security?

Ask Rusty – When Is the Best Time to Claim Social Security? Dear Rusty: I will be 64 in May of this year, and I'd like to know the best time to claim Social Security. Signed: Anxious to Retire Dear...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 7, 2021

What to do if Your Social Security Card is Incorrect

Ask Rusty – My Social Security Card Is Incorrect – What Should I Do? Dear Rusty: My sister and I have the same first and last names but are distinguished by our "middle" names. Our last name consi...

 

Will Taking 401K Distributions Affect My Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Will Taking 401K Distributions Affect My Social Security Benefit? Dear Rusty: I'm 63 and retired from work, but not drawing Social Security. I have accumulated just over $300,000 in my r...

 

Can I Claim My Social Security Early and Switch to Spousal Benefits Later?

Ask Rusty – Can I Claim My SS Now and Switch to Spouse Benefits Later? Dear Rusty: I am 62 and have been a homemaker for much of my adult life. I have a small Social Security account from working...

 

When Can I Collect My Ex-Spouse's Social Security?

Ask Rusty – When Can I Get Benefits from My Ex-spouse? Dear Rusty: I know that I am able to get Social Security from my ex-husband. We were married for 16 years and I have not remarried. I will be...

 

Can a Widow Switch to Her Husband's Higher Social Security Benefit Level?

Ask Rusty – Will My Widow's Benefit Replace My Own SS? Dear Rusty: My husband is 76, retired for 4 years, and receiving Social Security. I am only 59 and still working. We are both in good health...

 

Will Inheritance Money Affect My Social Security?

Ask Rusty – Will Inheritance Money Affect My Social Security? Dear Rusty: I will turn 66 this year and am considering claiming my Social Security. I have already applied for Medicare. My parents...

 

Ask Rusty – Claiming Social Security Now to Preserve Savings

Dear Rusty: One of the big pieces of the Social Security puzzle that everyone seems to miss is the protection of other retirement funds. If I did not take SS, I would have to dip into my retirement...

 

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