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(Updated Jan 2,
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If you received a "Potential Private Retirement Benefit Information" notice from Social Security, it is usually based on outdated information about a retirement plan or an employee stock fund. Note the "Year Reported" date on the form included in the body of the notice. Here's how to decode it: https://www.hpalumni.org/PotentialBenefitLetter
Social Security Webinar -- August, 2016 -- HPAA video. Watch video
Robert Pepper of the Social Security Administration explains:
- How Social Security works.
- How to get your Social Security Statement, estimate your benefits, and apply online.
- Issues related to when you start taking benefits -- especially if married.
- How work affects your benefits.
- Social Security issues involving spouse, children, divorce, survivor benefits, disability.
- Social Security and Medicare.
- Income tax issues.
Audience Q-and-A: (Sorry, not in order)
- When to apply. Heads-up when you reach 70. Living overseas.
- How the highest-earning-years algorithm works. Low-income years. Returning to work. Self-Employment.
- Important to use the online Retirement Estimator.
- Modified Adjusted Gross Income.
- Medicare and Social Security.
- Impact on income taxes.
- Coordinating with spouse's benefits. Restricted Application if 62 prior to January 2 of 2016. File-and-Suspend loophole gone.
- Divorced. Separated. Surviving spouse. Disabled.
- Security of your Social Security account.
- If you paid into Social Security for 10 years, you will get something.
Video, 80 minutes: https://youtu.be/xKmSWY7oSLA (YouTube optimizes video quality for your connection speed. Because of the specialized vocabulary, YouTube's automatic closed captioning doesn't work well on this video.)
Print the slides for note-taking. Black-and-white 2MB pdf file, simplified by HPAA for printing: SocialSecuritySlides2016-HPAA-ForPrinting.pdf (If you click on a pdf file and it doesn't come up automatically in your browser, go to http://get.adobe.com/reader to get a free, genuine copy of Adobe Reader for Windows, Mac, or Android. Be sure to uncheck the pre-checked boxes that give Adobe permission to install unrelated software or change your default browser.)
Event organized and moderated by Barbara Madden, Ameriprise Financial.
WebEx facilities courtesy of First Tech Federal Credit Union.
Official Social Security website:
▪ Use the very-well-organized official Social Security website: www.socialsecurity.gov
▪ Set up your online "my Social Security" account now -- to be sure that your Earnings Record is correct: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount
▪ One key tool on that site is the Retirement Estimator: https://www.ssa.gov/retire/estimator.html
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▪ Finance Forum. Discuss US personal finance issues -- such as Social Security, pensions, and stock -- from an ex-HP/HPInc/HPE perspective.
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