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What are your Social Security questions? Ask Professor Larry Kotlikoff and the experts at Maximize My Social Security

Ask Larry

My weekly Ask Larry column ran for almost four years at PBS NewsHours' site. We've now moved Ask Larry to the best place to both answer your general questions and let you calculate your particular optimal benefit collection strategy. I pledge to answer as many questions as possible in the columns below. Please share Ask Larry on social media and consider purchasing our Maximize My Social Security program, which will show you precisely how to get everything you paid for. All my best, Larry.
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Laurence "Larry" Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics, Boston University, and President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., makers of Maximize My Social Security
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Latest Questions and Answers

Do Royalties Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?

Do royalties Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?

Hi. Possibly, but probably not if the work that was done to produce the royalties was performed prior to your Social Security disability onset date. For example, say that a person wrote and sold a book to a publisher prior to becoming disabled. Assuming that the author isn't actively involved in promoting or selling the book at any point after his or her disability began, royalties received after that time could be excluded from counting as earnings Social Security disability benefit purposes.

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Category: Disability Benefits
Posted: Jun 24 2021 - 9:54am

Why Isn't Social Security Responding?

Why isn't SSI responding to my inquiries for widow's benefits? I've spoken to three agents for scheduled appointments, yet appointments are received as missed calls which go directly to my voicemail. I was told to call back, but my information is never kept on file.

Hi. I can't tell you for sure, but it sounds more like a problem with your phone if Social Security's calls are going directly to your voicemail. Maybe that's not the problem, though, if it isn't happening with calls you receive from other people. I don't know of anything else you can do other . . . Read More

Category: Filing For Benefits
Posted: Jun 24 2021 - 9:54am

Why Isn't Social Security Respo

Why isn't SSI responding to my inquiries for widow's benefits? I've spoken to three agents for scheduled appointments, yet appointments are received as missed calls which go directly to my voicemail. I was told to call back, but my information is never kept on file.

Hi. I can't tell you for sure, but it sounds more like a problem with your phone if Social Security's calls are going directly to your voicemail. Maybe that's not the problem, though, if it isn't happening with calls you receive from other people. I don't know of anything else you can do other . . . Read More

Category: Miscellaneous
Posted: Jun 24 2021 - 9:49am
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