Whether you are currently collecting or soon to start Social Security benefits, which of the following could the Social Security Administration do better to educate Americans about this program?

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Gene Gourdeau
3 days ago

I am a CPA and the SSA should have free classes on SS benefits starting at age 50. They should have more advisors to explain the options. There are planning options that expired, but some are still there such as younger spouse possibly claiming benefits when older spouse does on their account, then the younger spouse at their retirement age paying back their payments and then collecting the higher retirement age benefits.

Melinda K Clark
8 days ago

my husband has been trying to get disability for 2 and a half yrs, had to fire the first lawyer-he did NOTHING. They would not answer the phone for 6 months, said they sent a denial letter and we know that they did not but we had to start the process all over again. My husband can’t work, they took his money and now won’t give it to him when he needs it.

Kim Donoho Bowen
9 days ago

All of the above and above all….quit giving benefits that people BELIEVE they have paid in for THEIR retirement to people who have never paid in. That should be from a different fund, such as welfare. Put Social Security BACK into a separate account the way it started out and NOT in the general fund to be used by those who can’t get funding for the projects they want.

Randall McCraney
9 days ago

The correct answer is “all of the above”! The SS Administration should be an advocate for retirees making certain that they get all the benefits coming to them. Currently they just act as a FAQ.

Getpun
17 days ago

Do away with the windfall elimination provision penalties for state and government workers that have private sector earnings.

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Joe
24 days ago

The sad thing about SS is the fact that the federal government has zero obligation to pay it to you, not to mention, they can and do utilize SS dollars for their pet projects. And people wonder why it’s loosing money just like every other government run business.

Les williams
3 days ago
Reply to  Joe

you are absolutely spot on, Our Government are nothing but crooks!, they steal from the American tax payer and spend billions of dollars on stupid stuff not to mention sending billions over to countries that hate us! they won’t even take care of our own people. Traitors all of them

Charles
26 days ago

The SSA is hoping people will opt to wait until later to begin collecting so that most will actually die before they recoup what they didn’t collect between 62 and 67. The downside is that for many this is their only source of income in retirement and they need the higher monthly benefit.
The worst part is that this is the biggest ponzie scheme fostered upon the American people and it was done by our government who then put Bernie Madoff in prison for the same thing bit on a much smaller scale.

Randall McCraney
9 days ago
Reply to  Charles

Charles is a pessimist, BIG TIME!

L
28 days ago

Keep working after you get SS.

wade c mackey
1 month ago

Being honest/truthful about insolvency is a variation on the theme of DRAIN THE SWAMP;

EdS
1 month ago

Strongly suggest….wake up and realize, this SS is a scam, generated and supervised by politicians that are in power AND, awaiting reelection!!

Steve Ridgway
1 month ago

The fake jan 6 committee has countless times said…”we are way ahead of the justice dept”!! ADAM…. HE WAS THE LIAR WHO, FOR A YEAR AND MANY MONTHS SAID HE HAD POSITIVE EVIDENCE D. TRUMP WAS GUILTY OF SLEEPING WITH COMMUNIST RUSSIA……YOU KNOW…RUSSIA..RUSSIA..RUSSIA…
.AND GUESS WHAT??… THAT….THAT..DIDN’T HAPPEN!!!!!!!! YOU PUNK COMMITTEE CHILDREN JUST NEED TO BRING PRESIDENT TRUMP
.(.GO SUPER MAGA..).UP ON CHARGES. THEY SAY THEY ARE WAY AHEAD OF JUSTICE DEPT
…MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE WAY AHEAD OF JUSTICE DEPT…..WHICH IS QUITE SIMPLE TO DO WITH MARXIST GUTLESS IDIOT GARLAND HOLDING THE CHAIR. SHAMLESS BUNCH OF JUVENILE SISSY LOSERS..JUST LIKE THE FAKE PRESIDENT!!

L
1 month ago

They don’t care as they don’t need social security like the rest of us will.

Steve Ridgway
1 month ago
Reply to  L

That’s why it has been abused forever!

V Russell
1 month ago

Politicians don’t care about their slaves! Especially the Democrats, they believe they are entitled to all WE work for! I doubt they will do anything to change the double taxing and stealing what we have all worked for. They want to give to people who have done nothing. People need to pay attention to who they are voting for! It’s time for us to start asking them the hard questions everyone seems so fearful to ask. Vetting them before they get elected, holding them to their promises. If we don’t this country is doomed to fail!

April Dykes
1 month ago

Pass no-nonsense legislation to keep the government from “borrowing” from it?

Walt
1 month ago
Reply to  April Dykes

Oh puleeeeze…..this Congress gets nothing done except attack Trump…..they are scared to death he will run again and make it!

Klp
1 month ago
Reply to  April Dykes

Amen!

BEA
1 month ago

Hmm, we pay taxes on our monies going into SS from our paychecks and then we PAY tax on the social security check we receive. DOUBLE tax. Why? Sounds illegal !

Daddukes
1 month ago
Reply to  BEA

You do not get taxed on SSI money. It’s pre-tax. A simple search on the interwebs will show the truth. Social Security taxes in 2022 are 6.2 percent of gross wages up to 147,000 withheld. That is 50% more than just 10 years ago…

Joe
24 days ago
Reply to  Daddukes

If I don’t get taxed on my SS, why do they take TAXES out of my monthly check? Nothing pre-taxed about it.

Paul
20 days ago
Reply to  Daddukes

You pay social security taxes on wages up to 147,000. Your employer matches. Nothing pre-tax about it.

Joe
24 days ago
Reply to  BEA

Need to ask Biden, he voted for the SS taxation.

George Hotaling
1 month ago

JFK and LBJ started raiding SS with the promise that it would be paid back, in full! They used the money for their pie in the sky social programs which only cause fewer people to seek employment because they are being sustained by the nations workers!

Mousielove
1 month ago

Agreed. It keeps minorities and poor addicted to welfare, without any possibility of getting away from it without penalty or sacrifice. Kind of like a new “plantation.” Biden and his cabal want EVERYONE now, addicted to welfare, from cradle to grave. The socialist state – all power, no freedom. Will truly be NO freedom if digital U.S. money is allowed to happen.

Tobyard
1 month ago

Both parties are paid by taxpayers, make on average more than taxpayers, get 100% of their pay for retirement from taxpayers, but continue to rip off SS from taxpayers then ask taxpayers for extra money to fund their “efforts” to represent us taxpayers. We are chumps.

BEA
1 month ago
Reply to  Tobyard

Unbelievable. These corrupt and power hungry politicians get 100% of their pay in their retirement from taxpayers. What? Why?

Donald Colongeli
1 month ago

Don’t agree with any of it. The SS fund is funded into perpetuity. If the government employees stopped giving themselves raises and quit raiding the SS fund, there would be plenty to go all the way around.

BEA
1 month ago

They are greedy and selfish takers; they will never STOP raiding SS.

Ron E
1 month ago

Donald, what “government employees” are giving themselves pay raises and raiding Social Security? Pay raises for regular government employees are approved by Congress and signed into law by the POTUS. Most “government employees” are hard working career public servants who serve the American people in a vast variety of occupations throughout the world and are not driven by their own political views. On the other hand, the “Washington bureaucrats in Congress” are the ones screwing up America. They award raises to themselves and enjoy massive perks that regular public servants see none of. We need Term Limits in order to return service in Congress to SERVING THE PEOPLE, instead of lining their corrupt pockets as career politicians!

Mousielove
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron E

I have to agree there. My late Mom taught and her “salary” after she retired came from CalPERS, the CA State pension fund. She was not eligible for Social Security. Her death benefit was $6,000, period, from the State of CA.

A word of warning about CalPERS, if anyone else from CA is here – California invests in private equity in China, and that includes CalPERS. The retirement fund is underfunded by an estimated $1.7 Trillion. Trillion with a T. Last “estimated” in 2015 because no one has been allowed to look at the books or audit it properly – because of the “private equity.”

If China declares war on the U.S. or becomes insolvent, guess what? CA taxpayers screwed…their tax dollars wasted.

Because Democrats (THIS is your warning, America) always take away needed programs, whine there’s “no money” then tax to refund what they mis-allocated or stole…you will *always* be on the hook. The other thing I can teach you as a native Californian senior,
is that Dems. always speak the opposite of truth – never fails. Trump-Russia collusion a perfect example.

Jim OBrien
17 days ago
Reply to  Mousielove

For those of us that also worked for CALPERS and also worked at other jobs and paid into SS, one half of what our SS retirement funds would be are deleted, then we are forced to take Medicare which takes half of what’s left. Leaving a paltry 25% take home, and pay tax on that.

Daddukes
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron E

Congress is the only part of government that can give themselves a payraise.

Mousielove
1 month ago

What needs to happen, is NO cap on the FICA taxes that come out. If everyone is eligible to get Social Security, then EVERYONE must pay. I’m so fed up with Social Security being at risk. It was “at risk” when the program began. It was meant for broke seniors like widows, who back then, had no way of working. Now, it includes disabled and children. Here’s a good explanation ssa.gov/thirdparty/materials/pdfs/educators/What-is-FICA-Infographic-EN-05-10297.pdf

Daddukes
1 month ago
Reply to  Mousielove

SSD is not fed from SSI funds. No one on Social Security Disability gets your retirement funds. Take 5 minutes to research the difference.

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