With every new change in presidential administration, there are certain to be ripple effects in national programs that reflect the new direction those programs are being geared toward. Often, there is a period of uncertainty connected to funding for many public programs, especially in times of financial crisis. One such important program that millions of Americans depend upon is social security. In today’s day and age, it is difficult for retirees to exist solely on social security, which is one of the reasons responsible estate planning at an early age can help you navigate your retirement years successfully. With potential changes to the way social security updates beneficiaries on their benefits, it may be even more important to consider a comprehensive investment strategy as part of your estate planning.
Fewer Social Security Mailings
According to Laurence J. Kotlikoff, featured expert on NextAvenue.org, the United States Social Security Administration has recently announced that it will be providing fewer earnings and estimated benefits statements to beneficiaries as it moves forward. The agency quietly announced this change as a way to save it more money, stating Congress had cut its budget by 10 percent in the last seven years even though there has been a 13 percent increase in beneficiaries. According to the article, the agency has typically mailed such statements approximately every five years to people not receiving benefits between the ages of 25 and 60, and annually every year after 60. The agency estimates reducing the frequency of such mailings will save it more than $11 million in 2017.