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Elimination of Social Security Planning Strategies

By Lineweaver Financial Group
January 07, 2016 Category • Newsletter, Social Security, Social Security Planning

If you plan on filing for Social Security in 2016 benefits, you need to be aware of these changes. At age 62, if someone is eligible, they are entitled to retirement benefits under Social Security, albeit a reduced benefit. Additionally, if they are married, they might be entitled to a spousal benefit based on their spouses retirement benefit. If a person files for benefits from age 62 until full retirement age, it will be considered a deemed filing. You were automatically deemed to have filed both for your retirement benefit and for a spousal benefit even if you didnt want to, at which point you must collect both the spousal and retirement benefits with Social Security paying only the larger of the two benefits. This deemed filing rule stopped immediately at ones full retirement age, creating a loophole which allowed couples to utilize a strategy called file and suspend. File and suspend is a strategy used by married couples to simultaneously generate a benefit check from Social Security

Time is ticking….. Less than six months to take advantage of two vital Social Security pay-out strategies

By Lineweaver Financial Group
December 07, 2015 Category • Social Security, Social Security Benefits, Retirement, Retirement Planning

With the passage of the 2015 Budget Bill, two important Social Security claiming strategies called File Suspend and Restricted Application are going away for everyone under age 62, whether you are in retirement or thinking about retirement. Understanding these changes, and taking certain steps prior to this enactment, can mean thousands more in lifetime benefits for you, your spouse, and your family. The benefits of these two disappearing strategies are best explained in two common scenarios: Scenario #1 Your spouse collects her spousal benefit (50% of your full retirement benefit*) while you File Suspend your own retirement benefits to age 70 to take advantage of Social Securitys higher Delayed Retirement Credit (i.e., SS increases 8% per annum after FRA). Scenario # 2 Your spouse files for early SS benefits at age 62. When you reach your FRA* you file a Restricted Application that entitles you to 50% of her projected full benefit, while deferring your retirement benefits to

Social Security Benefits Unchanged

By Lineweaver Financial Group
November 23, 2015 Category • Social Security, Social Security Benefits, Retirement Planning, Retirement

No help for the middle class. Social Security Benefits Unchanged.Again While the politicians have their political debates promising the moon, the middle class has again taken it on the chin. There will be no cost of living increase in 2016 Social Security payments. In fact, this no-increase decision has only happened three times since 1975 2010, 2011 and now again in 2016. In all the years since 1975 there have only been three years with no increase- 2010, 2011 and now again for 2016. The argument is that Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) are designed to help recipients cope with inflation. But, while the real cost of energy has declined, and pushes the overall rate of inflation down, a number of everyday items has remained the same, if not increased. For example, when was the last time you saw a dozen eggs plummet in costs? The other difficulty of course, is we are living longer lives, partially due to medical advances, and what appear to be increasing expensive drug regimens. It

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