It all started with a simple concept, created against the backdrop of the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people “some measure of protection … against the loss of a job, and against poverty-ridden old age.” The first Social Security retirement benefit was issued to Cleveland motorman Ernest Ackerman, who retired the day after the program began. He contributed one nickel to the program, and because lump-sum payments were issued from 1937-1940, he received his lifetime retirement benefit in one check – for 17 cents.
The first monthly check was issued to Ida May Fuller in 1940 for $22.54. She lived to be 100 years old, collecting more than $22,000 in benefits.
Unlocking Social Security: The New ERA Strategies & FAQ Sheet Rules applied to Social Security in 2015 led to new benefit filing strategies and considerations. Our newest guide incorporates the updated rules that will affect millions of retirees in the future
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Unlocking Social Security: Expiring Strategies For those who turn 66 before April 30, 2016, or turn 62 prior to January 1, 2016, there are some extra options when filing for Social Security benefits. This clear, easy-to-read guide explores strategies still available to you.
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Do you know how much health care will cost during retirement? Health care can be one of the biggest expenses in retirement and one you may be underestimating. In fact, as of 2015, a marital couple age 85 and older on average can expect to spend $13,088 in out of-pocket medical expenses.
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Learn how their Social Security benefits work.
Avoid missteps that can reduce their lifetime income.
Evaluate and plan for the income taxation of their Social Security Benefits.
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Create a personal Action Plan on when to file for their benefits.
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Understand their Spousal and Survivor Benefits.
Determine if their Social Security Benefits are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision.
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