Optimize Your Social Security Benefits
We've been brainwashed into thinking Social Security isn't going to be there for the long term, so many couples ignore it when it comes to their retirement planning. Their attitude is "Don't count on it because it may not be there."
It's time to set the record straight. For most middle income couples, Social Security in fact makes up 20% – 50% of their retirement income—often upwards of $500,000 in lifetime benefits. Obviously, that is a large sum of money for just about anyone. Doesn't it make sense to maximize that asset if you can?
Also, we don't hear enough how unique Social Security really is as a retirement asset. For most married couples, Social Security is the only retirement asset that:
•Is adjusted annually for inflation
•Is tax-advantaged—at worst, it's only 85% taxable as normal income
•Will continue to pay as long as you live
•Is backed by a government promise.
With so much at stake, when and how to elect Social Security may be the most important decision middle income couples make in retirement.
Social Security planning should start long before you make an appointment to begin the process of claiming benefits. There are many options for married couples, widow/widowers and even divorced spouses. Taking advantage of our no obligation Social Security Optimization Calculator is the first step in making an informed decision regarding your best benefit options.
If you have questions, please contact my office directly for a more thorough evaluation.