Kotlikoff: Social Security mix-up? Here’s what you should do

Social Security cards | Courtesy of Mattnad/Wikimedia Commons
Courtesy of Mattnad/Wikimedia Commons

Every day, these days, it seems like another frustrating Social Security story comes my way.

Today, I had two.

Social Security’s mistakes with retirement benefits are notoriously difficult to set straight. Below, you can learn from other people’s frustrating tales.

Talking to Social Security can cost you big time

My first story for you involves a widow I’ll call Jamie, who appears to have fallen victim to precisely the malfeasance that Social Security whistleblower, John McAdams, wrote us about.

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Laurence Kotlikoff

Boston University economist Larry Kotlikoff has spent every week, for over two years, answering questions about what is likely your largest financial asset — your Social Security benefits. Find a complete list of his columns here.

Kotlikoff’s state-of-the-art retirement software is available here, for free, in its “basic” version. His new book, “Get What’s Yours—the Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security Benefits,” (co-authored with Paul Solman and Making Sen$e Medicare columnist Phil Moeller) was published in February by Simon & Schuster.


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