RSSA in the News

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Yahoo | Social Security: What Is the First Year of Retirement Rule?

Published: September 22, 2023

“With so much complexity to the system, you could probably make a career out of understanding it thoroughly. Martha Shedden did exactly that — in fact, she is more than just knowledgeable about Social Security. As the president and co-founder of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts, she is creating opportunities for tax professionals and financial advisors to become credentialed Social Security experts themselves…”

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The Buffalo News | The Savings Game: Getting the Social Security benefit you’re due

Published: September 13, 2023

“Representatives of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts can review your situation, and if applicable they can assist you. If you have contacted a Social Security representative and are disappointed in their response, I can refer you to a NARSSA representative. They are knowledgeable about Social Security issues and can support you in a cost-effective way.”

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BottomLineInc | The Social Security Lump-Sum Option Has a Big Gotcha

Published: August 22, 2023

RSSA co-founder and President Martha Shedden contributes to BottomLineInc. “…beware: Taking the lump-sum payout will reduce your monthly Social Security payments for the rest of your life. If you accept it, it will be as if you claimed your Social Security benefits six months earlier than you actually did.”

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Barron's | Social Security Benefits Could Shrink in 10 Years. How to Plan.

Published: August 17, 2023

“Numbers aside, uncertainty about Social Security’s future is frightening. But it’s important not to panic and make an emotional decision, says Martha Shedden, co-founder and president of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts, which provides benefit claiming analyses. Shedden is in the camp that doubts benefit cuts will come to pass. But even if they do, she notes, a 23% cut to a bigger check will leave more in your pocket than a 23% cut to a smaller one.”

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U.S. News & World Report | Here’s How Much Money You Could Lose if Social Security Goes Bankrupt

Published: August 16, 2023

“The future of the Social Security program will depend on several factors, including upcoming decisions by lawmakers. “Social Security cannot go bankrupt since money is continuously being paid into the trust funds by those who are currently working and paying taxes,” says Martha Shedden, president and co-founder of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts in the San Francisco Bay area. “However, if Congress makes no changes, it is possible that a portion of Social Security benefits will be cut sometime around 2034,” Shedden says.”

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ThinkAdvisor | 5 Reasons to Pause Social Security Benefits

Published: July 25, 2023

“So, it may come as a surprise that, in certain limited circumstances, it can actually make sense for a client to temporarily stop their Social Security benefit. In fact, as explored in a new blog post published by Norm Haug, an analyst and staffer at the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts, there are a number of reasons a client might want to stop receiving benefits after they’ve made their claim or may even want to repay money they have received.”

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