Social Security Survivors Benefits

Social Security survivors benefits are paid to widows, widowers, and dependents of eligible workers. This benefit is particularly important for young families with children.

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Social Security & IRS Economic Impact Payment Portal

In April 2020, the Social Security Administration and the US Treasury Department announced the launch of the IRS Economic Impact online portal. The portal assists eligible individuals who do not normally file a tax return apply for the Economic Impact …

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Be WISER! About Social Security Phone Scams

Social Security phone scams are the #1 type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security. Recently, these scams have skyrocketed. Scammers prey on emotion – generally fear – to get people to act. Older people are …

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Social Security and Medicare Benefit Milestones (infographic)

Social Security and Medicare are important pieces of the retirement planning puzzle for more Americans. But understanding how these systems work can be confusing. Check out WISER’s Social Security and Medicare Benefit Milestones to learn about key milestones for claiming …

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Social Security Spousal Benefits

Social Security is a vital source of retirement income for most women.  For this reason, it is important to understand how the spousal benefit works and how it can impact the amount of Social Security income you receive. As a …

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4 Social Security Mistakes to Avoid

Social Security is an important benefit, especially for women. According to the 19th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey of American Workers, three in 10 women of expect Social Security to be their primary source of retirement income.  It is never too …

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Social Security Checklist

Have you earned a retirement benefit? When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn “credits” toward Social Security benefits. You need 40 credits (the equivalent of 10 years of work) to be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. …

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