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What Social Security Mistakes Could Reduce Your Retirement Benefits

Social Security will be an important benefit for your retirement plans. As a typical American, it will likely be the foundation of your income in your golden years. Social Security often makes up around 33% of an elderly American’s income. However, many Americans do not fully understand how these benefits work and what the program does for you. If you go into this process unaware, you could fall into some pretty common financial traps. Falling for these traps could permanently reduce your income later on. 3 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Applying for Social Security Claiming benefits before you know how they work. If you do not understand what could impact your Social Security income, you may make poor decisions when attempting to claim benefits. You need to know how your age, work history, and marital status will affect your benefits. For example, retiring before full retirement age (FRA) will…
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How SSI Benefits Differ From SSDI Benefits

We have previously discussed how SSDI benefits are a form of insurance because you can only receive them if you have worked long enough to have paid enough in FICA taxes to be eligible for the benefits. SSI benefits often get lumped in with SSDI benefits, but the two have important differences. The one trait they do share is that the Social Security Administration uses the same criteria of “disability” to evaluate eligibility for both types of benefits, but that is about where the similarities end, however. The Difference Between SSI and SSDI Benefits SSI or Supplemental Security Income benefits are not a type of disability insurance like SSDI is. SSI benefits are a form of financial assistance for low income, disabled Americans. President Nixon created SSI in 1974 in order to standardize the way that states were providing the same type of benefits. Nixon brought all those different programs…
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Fox Host Calls Male SSDI Recipients “Eunuchs”

Last month, a Fox Business Channel host told a group of conservative people that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was turning men into “modern-day eunuchs.” According to the website rawstory.com, Charles Payne told attendees at David Horowitz’s ‘Restoration Weekend 2013’ that men in the country had been “castrated at the soul” by “gaming the system”, when discussing SSDI. “[Men have] been cut off from the traditional role of young men as risk takers, family creators and future leaders,” Payne said, according to rawstory.com. “Big strong men around this country, they sit on porches and stoops, they stand on street corners all day long collecting taxpayer benefits.” Payne also reportedly described SSDI benefits as “lavish and generous”, describing it as an economic issue. “So now, these modern-day eunuchs are being paid billions — billions of dollars not to work,” Payne said, according to rawstory.com. “They’re proud of it!” Find a Tulsa…
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More Than 10 Million Received Disability Benefits in 2012

We often mention in our blog how people pay into the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit system and earn work credits, busting the myth that it is an “entitlement” program. Last week, benefitspro.com released an article indicating just how many people were paid through the system last year, using Social Security Administration (SSA) statistics. According to the SSA, more than 10.1 million people were paid disability benefits under the SSDI program in 2012, 2.5 percent of whom were disabled widows or widowers. The SSA reported that as of December 2012, there were 8.8 million disabled workers, 1 million disabled adult children and 255,472 disabled widows and widowers receiving SSDI benefits. Benefitspro.com reported that the states with the highest rates of disability beneficiaries include Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi and West Virginia. The average age for a beneficiary in 2012 was 53, with men accounting for a higher number of…
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Oklahoma Congressman Continues SSDI Funding Review

NewsOK.com reported last week that Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, was pursuing a solution to solve the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) alleged march towards insolvency. According to Langford, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will be broke in three years, as more people collect benefits. “There are truly disabled people … that can be hurt on this if we don’t find a way to be able to resolve this issue soon,” Lankford said, according to the website. Last week, Congress held a subcommittee hearing asking SSA officials to testify about how they are combating fraud and ensuring judges are properly scrutinizing applicants. Some elected officials, including Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said SSDI is a lifeline for the truly disabled and urged members to give the SSA more money to review cases. According NewsOK.com, an SSA official said that an additional $1.2 billion to conduct disability reviews could ultimately save taxpayers…
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