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Wife or widow? It matters when switching benefits

Rules on switching to a spouse's benefits can be tricky.

October 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
CD1 debate finds common ground, elicits program details

CD1 debate finds common ground, elicits program details

Kirkpatrick, Tobin support balanced-budget amendment, won't commit to never raising taxes.

October 14, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Social Security and You: 'File and suspend' clarified

Social Security and You: 'File and suspend' clarified

For many, the right strategy to maximize benefits is instead "file and restrict." Let me explain.

October 11, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Social Security and You: Answers for divorced women

Social Security and You: Answers for divorced women

Readers ask about potential benefits they might be due from their ex.

September 20, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Social Security and You: How benefits are figured

Social Security and You: How benefits are figured

The formula is generally simple but can be convoluted in the details.

September 13, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Green Valley man wins legal fight for death benefits

Green Valley man wins legal fight for death benefits

Fred McQuire now listed as legal spouse of George Martinez.

September 12, 2014 12:36 pmLoading…
Social Security and You: Different programs, different rules

Social Security and You: Different programs, different rules

Q: My mother died on July 25. When we looked into her checking account a few weeks later, we found out her Social Security check for July had been returned. We called Social Security to explain to them that my mother was alive almost the whole month of July, but to no avail. They said she wa…

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Ad Watch: Barber campaign releases new ad

Ad Watch: Barber campaign releases new ad

Barber campaign releases 30-second ad to debunk recent attack ads on TV, radio.

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Same-sex suit seeks status as widower

Same-sex suit seeks status as widower

Attorney hoping for prompt ruling in case to ease financial burden.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am
Why homemaking doesn't accrue Social Security benefits

Why homemaking doesn't accrue Social Security benefits

Earnings-sharing proposals fail the fairness test.

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Social Security and You: Top 10 myths

Social Security and You: Top 10 myths

Clearing up common misunderstandings about earned benefits and how they're calculated. 

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For some, Social Security myths outweigh hard facts

Someone once said, “You are entitled to your own set of opinions, but you are not entitled to your own set of facts.” In other words, once you have all the facts about a situation, you certainly can come to your own conclusions about how you view those circumstances. But you can’t skew the f…

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Social Security reforms will avert 2020 tipping point

Every year about this time, the Social Security and Medicare board of trustees release their annual report on the status of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.

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Social Security and You: No embarrassment about decision

Social Security and You: No embarrassment about decision

Column about taking benefits at age 62 touches a nerve with readers.

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Social Security and You: Benefits paid in arrears

A longtime Social Security spokesman shares his expertise with readers.

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10 with US resident status accused of benefits fraud

10 with US resident status accused of benefits fraud

Arizona AG indicts 10 for AHCCCS, SSI fraud

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Social Security and You: Missed chances

Social Security and You: Missed chances

New Sunday column in the Star answers readers' questions about Social Security.

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State action should save Ariz. businesses $42 per worker

PHOENIX — The state is borrowing $200 million this week to pay off the last of what it owes the federal government for providing jobless benefits to out-of-work employees.

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Guest Column: Legalizing undocumented immigrants makes economic sense

As Congress takes a summer respite to figure out how to move immigration reform forward in the House, mounting evidence shows that reform would be a plus to the national economy.

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Liberals should lead, not oppose, entitlement reform

If liberals succeed in blocking any serious entitlement reform during the Obama presidency, as seems increasingly likely, they will have handed conservatives a gift.

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