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Social Security Benefits Including Medicare, 2021 Edition

By Glenn Sulzer, Harold M. Bishop


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The 2021 Edition of Social Security Benefits Including Medicare provides a concise and helpful explanation of the complex rules governing the Social Security and Medicare Programs.

This booklet simplifies the rules governing Social Security benefits and Parts A, B, C and D of the Medicare program, allowing retirees and other beneficiaries to better plan for retirement. Specifically the booklet details applicable eligibility requirements, explains the increase in the full retirement age, illustrates the calculation of monthly benefits, and discusses the effect of early retirement and delayed retirement on benefits. It reflects benefit amounts, the taxable earnings base and other variables set forth by the Social Security Administration for the upcoming year, which will enable retirees to compute the amount of their benefits.

In addition, Social Security Benefits Including Medicare provides retirees with an understanding of the tax treatment of their benefits, factors that can reduce benefits, and retirement decisions that can increase benefits. Finally, the discussion contains numerous examples, all of which have been updated to reflect 2021 figures and rules, including the substantial increase in the taxable wage base, the increase in the full retirement age, and additional Medicare taxes that may be imposed on high earners.

The 2021 Edition has been updated to include:

  • Expanded discussion and illustration of the impact on Social Security benefits of life events, such as marriage, divorce, death of a spouse, remarriage, or disability
  • Additional illustrations of the effect of early retirement on Social Security benefits, including the ramifications of withdrawing an application for benefits
  • Analysis of the continued viability of the file and suspend” and “restricted application” retirement planning strategies
  • Updated examples and charts to reflect all 2021 cost of living adjustments including an increase in the Medicare Part B premium
  • Analysis of the impact of the increased Medicare Part B premium on Social Security benefits
  • Expanded discussion of the additional 0.9% Medicare tax and the 3.8% Medicare tax on investment income
  • Added discussion of the federal and state taxation of Social Security benefits
  • Detailed analysis of the reduction of benefits at early retirement and the credit for delayed retirement
  • Discussion of government authority to levy against benefits to collect student loan and other debt
  • And more

Previous Edition: Social Security Benefits Including Medicare, 2020 Edition, ISBN 9781543819519

Pages 144
Last Updated 01/27/2021
Update Frequency Annually
Product Line Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
ISBN 9781543832297
SKU 10006066-0011
Table of Contents
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Introduction
  • New Developments
  • Types of Social Security Benefits
  • "Quarterly Coverage" Defined
  • Am I "Fully Insured"
  • Am I "Currently Insured"
  • Insured Status Required
  • Estimated Monthly Social Security Benefits
  • Benefit Computation
  • Recomputation of Benefits to Reflect Earnings
  • Reduced Benefits at Early Retirement
  • Government Pension Offset (GPO)
  • Delayed Retirement Credit
  • Is It Better to Retire Early or to Wait?
  • Withdrawal of Application of Benefits
  • Disabled Persons
  • SSI Benefits
  • Divorced Person
  • Benefits for Your Family
  • Students
  • Aliens and Prisoners
  • Lump-Sum Death Benefits
  • Online Benefit Applications
  • Working After Benefits Start: Retirement Plan Test
  • Kinds of Work Covered
  • Domestic Employment
  • Election Workers
  • Representative Payees
  • Tips
  • Military Service
  • Your Social Security Account
  • Direct Deposit of Your Check
  • How Much Is the Social Security Tax
  • Income Tax on Benefits
  • Levy Against Benefits to Collect Federal Debts
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicare Part B
  • Exclusions from Coverage
  • Rules for Payment of Part A and Part B Benefits
  • Medigap Supplemental Plan
  • Medicare Part C
  • Medicare Part D
  • Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Charts
  • Estimated Average Monthly Social Security Benefits
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