School of Social Security & Medicare

The School of Social Security & Medicare, presented by Meld University, conducts classes and publishes articles to help you stay up to date on topics related to government supported retirement benefits.

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Social Security and the Earnings Test

School of Social Security & Medicare

When you claim Social Security benefits prior to your SS Full Retirement Age and continue to work, your benefits will be subject to the earnings test.

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Social Security and Medicare Cost-of-Living Adjustments for 2020

School of Social Security & Medicare

Find out the upcoming adjustments to Social Security and Medicare. Benefits and COLA details are provided so you can prepare for 2020.

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Special Social Security Filing Strategies

School of Social Security & Medicare

If you were born before January 2, 1954 you may be able to have your cake and eat it too regarding Social Security. In this article, we explore this special strategy.

Security Filing Strategies
What is Your Social Security Full Retirement Age and Why it Matters?

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The Social Security defines Full Retirement Age (FRA) as the age at which you are entitled to receive your full Social Security benefits known as Primary Insurance Amount (PIA).

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Don’t be a Social Security Flunky

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Take this short, 5 question quiz to see how your Social Security knowledge stacks up. In March 2018, MassMutual surveyed people age 50 or older and found that 47% of them failed this quiz.

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Top 6 Questions Doctors Ask When Filing for Social Security

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Physicians and other high earners often overlook their Social Security benefits. It may be a small amount compared to your retirement account, but noone wants to leave money on the table.

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When Is Social Security Income Taxable?

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Did you know that Social Security benefits are taxable to many Americans? Read this article for more details. That may seem unfair, or unfathomable.

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Social Security: File and Suspend Benefits at Full Retirement Age

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Here’s why you should file for and suspend Social Security Benefits at full retirement age – even if you aren’t ready to start receiving your benefits.