Social Security For Dummies

Social Security For Dummies

by Jonathan Peterson

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A step-by-step guide to getting Social Security benefits for you and your family

Learn to:

  • Make sure you — and your family — get the benefits you've earned
  • Navigate the system
  • Determine when you qualify for retirement and disability benefits
  • Challenge a decision on your benefits
  • Understand how the program is funded

Confused or uncertain about Social Security? This friendly, easy-to-understand guide cuts through the complexities and gives you the practical information you need to make sense of Social Security, make the most of the program, and make smart decisions about retirement.

  • Start with the basics — learn what Social Security is and how it works, as well as why you need it and how to qualify
  • Take the plunge — find out how to file for Social Security, collect and keep your benefits, and deal with the Social Security Administration
  • Discover the benefits — grasp the rules covering spousal, family, and disability benefits and learn strategies to help you maximize your benefits
  • Plan for economic security — discover how Social Security and Medicare work together to help with healthcare costs, get the facts on working in retirement, and consider how Social Security fits into your financial future

Open the book and find:

  • Easy explanations of Social Security's complex rules
  • How to use Social Security calculators and statements
  • Advice on when to start collecting retirement benefits
  • Tips for keeping your Social Security number safe from theft
  • How to help a loved one apply for and manage benefits
  • Ways to handle benefit mistakes and disputes
  • Ten myths about Social Security
  • How potential program changes could affect you

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119375777
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/27/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 119,501
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jonathan Peterson is Executive Communications Director at AARP and an award-winning journalist. He is a former Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. During his news career, he covered the White House, state and national political campaigns, and various facets of U.S. domestic and economic policy. He was a 2007 National Press Foundation fellow in the Retirement Issues in the 21st Century program.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The Nuts and Bolts of Social Security 9

Chapter 1: What Social Security Is and Why You Need It 11

Chapter 2: A Breakdown of Benefits 23

Chapter 3: Deciding When to Start Collecting Retirement Benefits 41

Chapter 4: Protecting Your Number and Securing Your Card 59

Part II: Taking the Plunge: Filing for Social Security 73

Chapter 5: Signing Up for Benefits 75

Chapter 6: Determining How Much You've Earned 87

Chapter 7: Navigating the System 95

Chapter 8: When You and Social Security Disagree: The Appeals Process 117

Part III: Who Benefits and When 135

Chapter 9: Spousal Benefits: Watching Out for Each Other 137

Chapter 10: Family Benefits: Who Gets What 153

Chapter 11: When You Can't Work: Social Security Disability Benefits 169

Part IV: Social Security and Your Future 195

Chapter 12: Enrolling in Medicare 197

Chapter 13: Working in "Retirement" 217

Chapter 14: Shaping a Financial Future You Can Live With 237

Part V: The Part of Tens 249

Chapter 15: Ten Myths about Social Security 251

Chapter 16: Ten Reasons Young People Should Care about Social Security 261

Chapter 17: Ten Choices Facing the Country about the Future of Social Security 269

Part VI: Appendixes 277

Appendix A: Glossary 279

Appendix B: Resources 289

Appendix C: Play the Game: You Make the Choices to Strengthen Social Security 295

Index 299

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