Social Security

Planning for a Strong Financial Future

Posted on 04/15/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsBy Lee Baker, CFP One of my favorite things as a child was reading comic books. To be honest, if I had more free time, I would probably read them now. Like me, most of you probably remember the Charles Atlas ads in comic books and other magazines. You know the story: A bully kicks sand in a skinny kid’s face. Deciding to do something about it, the skinny kid sends for a free book from Charles Atlas that promises …

Social Security Halts Refund Grab to Recover Old Debts

Posted on 04/11/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsUpdate: The Social Security Administration says it will immediately stop collecting old debts by grabbing taxpayers’ refunds. In a statement, Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of the agency, says: “I have directed an immediate halt to further referrals under the Treasury Offset Program to recover debts owed to the agency that are 10 years old and older pending a thorough review of our responsibility and discretion under the current law to refer debt to the Treasury Department. “If any Social Security …

Same-Sex Couples Still Waiting for Equal Treatment

Posted on 04/8/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law that prevented same-sex spouses from enjoying federal benefits was unconstitutional nearly a year ago, yet the financial repercussions for these couples are still being worked through. Federal agencies have been updating their regulations to comply, and some have moved faster than others. And even among agencies that have acted, how they handle same-sex marriage differs. The IRS, for instance, says same-sex spouses now must file federal returns as joint filers or as married …

Are You a Social Security Double-Dipper?

Posted on 03/11/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWhen and how you claim Social Security benefits has a huge financial impact on your retirement, although many older Americans aren’t aware of all their options and lose out on some serious money, according to a survey released today by Financial Engines. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company found that single retirees potentially miss out on $100,000 or more over the course of their retirement, while for married couples the amount is $250,000 or higher. Financial Engines’ findings come from a recent …

Obama Budget Said to Drop ‘Chained CPI’

Posted on 02/20/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Money & SavingsThe White House says it is dropping a proposal that would have lowered the cost-of–living adjustments for Social Security and other government social programs, according to published reports. President Barack Obama had previously proposed tying inflation adjustments to the so-called chained CPI, which measures inflation more conservatively, in exchange for tax increases. Republican lawmakers, who have backed the chained CPI,  didn’t go along with the deal. Politico reported a White House official saying: “Over the course of last year, Republicans …