Social Security Benefits
Important features of Social Security Benefits:
Unlike most savings and retirement plans payments will continue for as long as you live and if married, will pass on to your surviving spouse in the event of your death (Spouse receives the greater amount of your benefit or their own)
It is adjusted annually to keep up with inflation
It is tax-advantaged. Some people pay no taxes and at worst only 85% is taxable as ordinary income
For many retirees, Social Security can play a pivotal role in
ensuring someduring what is supposed to be their golden years.
Making the best decision about when to apply for Social Security
can be a difficult decision. Making the right decision can potentially make a significant difference in our income and
standard of living in retirement.
How do I Maximize My Social Security Benefits?
The problem is: “Social Security is enormously complex. Making wrong decisions could cost you tens of thousands of extra retirement dollars.”
Because of the complexity, there are many important individual
decisions that need to be made to choose the best option for you.
For single people a simple “break-even” analysis could determine
whether to start benefits early or wait. In theory, if you start early,
you will get a smaller benefit for a longer period of time.
If you start later, you will get a larger benefit for a shorter period
of time. However, for married couples, the decision is much
Social Security offers three distinct benefits for married people:
Retired Worker Benefit: Based on your own earnings record
Spousal Benefit: Provides your spouse with a benefit once you claim your own benefit
Survivor Benefit: Provides your spouse with a benefit after your death
Choosing the right Social Security election may be the one of the most important decision of your retirement. In order to make sure you get the most out of your benefits, you should have a solid grasp on this complex matter. It can be very advantageous to work with a trained professional who can help guide you through this process and ensure your strategy is suitable for your unique situation.
Don’t make a costly mistake!
To request a free consultation with a member
of the American Academy of Benefit Planners
please contact us and we will connect you with
the nearest professional in your area.
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