Social Security: Simple & Smart: (Updated for 2024):

Social Security: Simple & Smart: (Updated for 2024):

by Tom Margenau
Social Security: Simple & Smart: (Updated for 2024):

Social Security: Simple & Smart: (Updated for 2024):

by Tom Margenau


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The Social Security program touches the lives of Americans young and old. Almost everyone has a Social Security number and a job that deducts Social Security taxes from his or her paycheck. And more than 60 million Americans, 1 out of every 6 people, collect a monthly Social Security check. Social Security spending makes up about one-fourth of the entire federal budget.

A program this big is bound to have complex laws and regulations. Tom Margenau has been helping people understand Social Security for almost 50 years, both as a Social Security Administration employee and as a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate.

For the first time, he has gathered all of his knowledge and advice into a series of easy-to-read fact sheets and placed them in this book. Simply find the fact sheet that covers the topic you are interested in and you will improve your understanding of how Social Security affects you and your family.

And if you still have questions after reading this book, Tom is ready to help. Just send him an email at thomas..

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949673500
Publisher: Creators Publishing
Publication date: 04/10/2023
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 41,186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Tom Margenau worked for 32 years in a variety of positions for the Social Security Administration before retiring in 2005. For many years, he was the director of the SSA's public information office at the agency’s headquarters in Baltimore. In that post, he was the chief editor for more than 100 informational publications produced by the SSA.

He also was the SSA’s deputy press officer for several years, serving as a chief spokesman for the administration. Prior to that, he was a speechwriter for the Commissioner of Social Security. Before he moved to the SSA's headquarters, he worked for 12 years in Social Security field offices around the country, where he processed Social Security claims while writing Social Security columns for local newspapers.

He has been writing his column, “Social Security and You,” for national syndication since 1997. Margenau graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1971. He is married and has two grown children and five grandchildren.
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