Chapter 20

Social Security

Introduction

Almost every retiree in America is touched by the Social Security system. For some, it is an extra source of income that enables them to touch their individual retirement account (IRA) in unusual circumstances only. For others, Social Security is their primary means of subsistence. It is therefore imperative to understand properly how this system works, who is eligible for benefits, how the benefits are calculated, and if someone should file for early benefits or not.

Learning Goals

Identify who is and who is not covered by Social Security

Understand the differences between being fully insured and currently insured for Social Security purposes

Understand the different coverage programs offered by Social ...

Get Essentials of Retirement Planning now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.