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Social Security

2020 Ultimate Guide to Social Security Benefits

Congratulations on taking the first step to maximizing your Social Security benefits!

The Social Security Administration has provided financial protection for Americans for over 80 years. Chances are either you and/or someone you love receives Social Security benefits. With retirement, disability, and survivor benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in America’s history.

Use this booklet as a guide to explore how to enroll for Social Security Benefits, discover the benefits available to Americans, learn how age and work history are used to determine benefits, and about tax implications regarding benefits.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Enrollment………………………………………………………………………… Page 2

Chapter 2: How are Benefits Determined?…………………………………………. Page 3

Chapter 3: Four Categories for Calculating Benefits……………………………. Page 4

Chapter 4: Three Kinds of Social Security Benefits………………………………. Page 8

Chapter 5: Social Security Annual Earnings Test………………………………….. Page 15

Chapter 6: Paying Taxes on Social Security Benefits……………………………. Page 16

Chapter 7: My Benefits……………………………………………………………………….. Page 17

Chapter 8: Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………. Page 18

Chapter 9: Downloadable Social Security Guide (PDF)

Chapter 10: Social Security Video (YouTube)

Chapter 11: Social Security Podcast (AnchorFM)

Chapter 1: Enrollment