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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Protecting Your 401(k) and IRA by Bill Lane, Jennifer Lane

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Reading the Warning Signs

You are the person responsible for your retirement, so keep an eye on these important trends: Social Security benefits, tax rates, inflation, and health-care costs.

Social Security

If you’re working in a nongovernment job, Social Security taxes are withheld from your paycheck. Most government employees pay into a separate government pension instead of Social Security. If you’re self-employed, Social Security taxes are part of your self-employment tax payment.
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Nest Eggs
By 2008 rules, up to 85 percent of a person’s Social Security retirement income benefit may be taxable. Workers pay Social Security tax on their ...

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