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Whitepaper: Accounting For Social Security Benefits

by Harvard Law SchoolJan 01, 2008

While the Social Security Statements are useful tools for certain kinds of financial planning and allow participants to check the accuracy of the Administration’s records of their earnings history, the Statements may also lead participants to misinterpret the value of their Social Security benefits and may make it difficult for participants to compare Social Security benefits to other sources of retirement savings. In addition, the current Social Security Statements obscure the extent to which additional years of labor market participation increase the value of Social Security benefits. This paper analyzes the content of the Social Security Statement.