social security benefits

Stimulus Program Sent Checks to 89,000 Dead, Incarcerated People

The federal government sent out checks to 89,000 dead or incarcerated people in 2009 as part of the $814 billion stimulus program, a watchdog reported. One component of the stimulus plan was the distribution of $13 billion by the Social Security Administration, The Washington Post said. The money was to go to 52 million eligible beneficiaries in checks of $250 each.

Investing at 60: Pacing Yourself for a Long Retirement

Personal finance expert Jean Chatzky has reached the last post in this series, aimed at those of you who are age 60 and over -- or interested in a little advance planning. Here are your tips for making that nest egg last as long as you do.

No More Do-Overs for Social Security?

A provision created to allow retirees to correct the mistake of tapping their benefits too early has been used by some as a fairly lucrative investment strategy. Now, the Social Security Administration wants to put an end to the practice.

Legal Briefing: Race and College Admissions

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Grutter v. Bollinger that race could be a "plus factor" considered in school admissions. On Tuesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the first case to ask precisely what that means.

Public Confidence in Social Security on the Wane, Poll Says

Public confidence in the social security systems is on the wane, according to a USA Today/ Gallup poll. Six out of ten non-retirees think Social Security won%u2019t be able to pay them benefits when they stop working. Three-fourths of those aged 18 to 34 don%u2019t expect any kind of social security check when they retire. A majority of retirees also say they expect their current benefits to be cut.

10 tax tips for seniors

senior tax tipsEvery year about this time, I receive a lot of mail from seniors who are confused about whether they should file a tax return. The confusion stems...