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Get clarity on the available options offered through Social Security for disabled workers and their families, including Supplemental Security Income, early 401(k) withdrawal, and spousal and family benefits.
How long does it take to get a hearing with Social Security?
If I retire at age 62, will I then be eligible for Medicare?
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Learn if you are eligible for benefits, how to apply for Social Security, choosing the optimum retirement age to file a claim, choices for citizens living (and retiring) abroad, and even help to calculate the benefit amount.
In which countries will I not receive Social Security?
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How long do I have to work to qualify for benefits?
Discover practical, comprehensive information about how, in cases of death or divorce, spouses, ex-spouses, and families could be eligible to receive benefits based on your earnings.
Can my Social Security benefits be passed to my children?
How do divorced spouse benefits work?
Are survivor benefits decreased if claimed early?
Get answers on applying for retirement benefits or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the workings of the cost of living adjustment (COLA), and delayed retirement credits in an easy to understand manner.
How early should I sign up for Social Security benefits?
Is there any way I can get my current amount increased?
How can I get a Social Security number for a new baby?
Learn the answers to your questions about how extra income could impact your Social Security benefits, if your Social Security benefits are taxed, private and government pensions, the Windfall Elimination Provision, and more.
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How can I track down a pension from a former employer?
Do I pay federal taxes on my Social Security benefits?
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