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Here are some items I pulled off the social security web site. As you are gearing up for the new year, some items to check out for the new year.

Remember to tell your coworkers, family and friends about the free resources available to them on the Social Security website at Social Security’s online Retirement Estimator at is a great financial planning tool that gives an immediate and personalized estimate of your Social Security retirement benefits at age 62, age 66, age 70 or any point in between.

When it’s time to retire, Social Security’s online Retirement Benefit Application makes it easy to apply for benefits. Apply for retirement benefits from your PC in as little as 15 minutes at There’s no need to drive to your local Social Security office or wait for an appointment. In most cases, after you click the “Sign Now” button and submit the application electronically, that’s it. There are no forms to sign, and usually no additional documents are required. Social Security will contact you directly if more information is needed.

If you are uncertain about when to retire, you can check out the online fact sheet, “When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits” at

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