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InsuranceNewsNet | Social Security: The insurance professional’s secret edge

Published: June 1, 2023

“Social Security is complex and confusing, consisting of more than 2,700 rules. Considering the intricacies in this area, it is easy to make a mistake that could be costly for the client. The advisor and the client have one chance to get Social Security right. A professional who is a Registered Social Security Analyst would be valuable to your team.”

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CBS News | Hundreds of thousands of Black children who lost a parent could be missing out on Social Security payments

Published: May 23, 2023

Even if a grieving family is aware of the benefits, the application process can be complicated and difficult to navigate. Martha Shedden, president of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts, noted that there is no option to apply for survivor benefits online. Instead, family members must apply in-person or over the phone, which have backlogs that built up after offices shut down and staff left during the pandemic.”Survivor benefits are the most-under collected of all of the benefits because I think many people may not know that they are eligible for them,” Shedden said…

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ThinkAdvisor | How to Help Clients With Make-or-Break Social Security Claiming Decisions

Published: May 16, 2023

“That’s why Birkett-Brunkhorst recently went through the effort of becoming a registered Social Security analyst via a course administered by the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts. She said the course (in addition to her extensive planning experience) has given her deeper insight into the critical considerations that go into Social Security claiming — when to claim, how to claim and what these decisions mean for a client’s lifetime benefit.”

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Yahoo | Social Security 2023: 5 Things Millennials Should Be Focusing on for Retirement

Published: April 6, 2023

Millennials should expect Social Security will be a large part of their retirement planning process. Martha Shedden — president and co-founder of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts — said Social Security is a retirement program millennials, and their employers, contribute to with every paycheck through the FICA deduction. Essentially, it’s like how millennials contribute to their Roth or traditional IRA accounts and employer sponsored retirement plans.

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CNET | The Social Security Administration Overpaid Me. What Should I Do?

Published: March 16, 2023

“If you need some additional support outside of the Social Security Administration, programs like Registered Social Security Analysts and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives can assist beneficiaries with these sorts of disputes and help them further understand the complexities of their benefits.”

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Yahoo | Social Security 2023: Can You Be Asked To Pay Back Past Benefits?

Published: March 15, 2023

Martha Shedden, president and co-founder of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts, said that there are two particular scenarios that are common reasons for overpayment. The first is “working while claiming early benefits (between age 62 and full retirement age),” she said. “There are specific limits on earnings allowed in this age group, and Social Security benefits will be withheld if over those amounts. If the SSA does not know of your income, when they eventually see it reported, they will send an overpayment notice.”

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