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Social Security Benefit Changes

What you need to know NOW

Deciding when to start taking Social Security benefits can have a tremendous impact on the amount of lifetime benefits you may receive. Furthermore, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 signed into law may impact your Social Security income and increase your retirement health care expenses.

Fortunately, the software we use has been adjusted to reflect the changes made with the law and can help you assess its impact on your projected retirement budget.

Aside from providing no 2016 Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLAs), Social Security also significantly limited the benefits from one claiming option (File and Suspend) and eliminated another (File Restricted).

Under the legislation, those who file and then suspend benefits are no longer able to allow a spouse or dependent(s) to collect a percentage of their Social Security benefits.

The File Restricted option, which allowed an individual to earn income based on the spouse’s record – then later file for benefits with accrued income credits, was eliminated for anyone who did not reached 62 by the end of 2015.

There were also changes to Medicare, including new annual premium surcharges and a 14.4% increase to Medicare premiums for individuals earning over $85,000 per year (and couples who earn over $170,000).

These are complex issues. Let me help simplify them.

As your financial professional, I am looking forward to working with you as you take control of your income, focus on managing your health care expenses, and strive to improve your financial stability in retirement.

Schedule your no-cost or obligation analysis today and when we meet, you will receive a comprehensive Social Security report detailing a claiming strategy designed specifically for you.

Call (815) 363-1117 to schedule an appointment today.