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Determining Your Eligibility and Estimated Benefits

You can find out how many quarters of coverage you have accumulated and what your estimated benefit will be at the time of retirement by requesting Social Security Statement SSA-7004 (formerly known as the Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). 

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Social Security Benefits for Spouses and Children

A little-known feature of the Social Security system is that in addition to paying retirement benefits for the retired worker, it ...

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Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is an insurance program that is available to qualified workers with disabilities regardless of their resources.

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Who Is Eligible for Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Social Security retirement benefits are not based on need but rather on income earned during your earning life. 

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How Does Work Affect Your Social Security Payments?

Many people continue to work beyond retirement age, either by choice or out of necessity.

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What to Do When a Social Security Beneficiary Dies

The executor, administrator, or next-of-kin should notify the SSA by calling the 800 number for the state in which the deceased resided.

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The Taxation of Social Security Benefits

Although Social Security retirement benefits alone are generally not taxable, people with even a modest amount of income in addition to their Social Security payments may pay taxes on their benefits. 

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Social Security Benefits to Rise Only 1.5 Percent in 2014

The nation's elderly and disabled Social Security recipients will receive a 1.5 percent increase in payments in 2014 ... 

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