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The United States Social Security Administration  website offers many services that allow you to apply for online.  You can get your Social Security statement, benefit verification letter, apply for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits, and many more services.












THIS IS THE WEBSITE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION


Are you thinking about taking Social Security benefits, but not sure when to take them? It is a personal decision when you should apply, but this article helps you to understand how Social Security benefits are paid, depending on the age you begin collecting them.











WHEN YOU SHOULD START COLLECTING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY


It also explains the factors that determine the payment amount.












This article from CBS Money Watch explains how Social Security benefits from a deceased spouse are determined for the surviving spouse.



This article on the NBC News Business website explains the role the financial institution has when they receive the death date of a recipient. The financial institution is required to return the money to the government agency. The government agency then contacts the surviving spouse.












This is an informative article concerning what happens to your Social Security check when you die.



It will be  between 1.4 to 1.6%. According to CNN Money the cost of medical for seniors has gone up 2.5% over last year.  A few members of Congress and the Obama Administration are considering changing the current CPI to a chained CPI which would lower future cost of living increases which would help to lower the nation's deficit in future years.  











SOCIAL SECURITY COST OF LIVING TO BE LOW FOR 2014  POSTED 10-16-13 10/16/13


There is nothing worse than to find out later you were entitled to some benefits that you worked your entire life for and you never knew they existed.  This site will help locate benefits  you are entitled to and have not applied for.












This is a great Benefit Finder



About dot com  has a review of the best retirement calculators.

The site tell what each retirement calculator does, their target audience, best feature, what it's not intended for, and the pros and cons of the calculators.












Review of Retirement Calculators



According to Laurence Kotlikoff a Boston University  economist, the best way to maximize your Social Security benefits is to use a software program designed to crunch personal income and gives strategies for claiming your optimal benefits.













 Getting the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits