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Three Things You Need to Know about Seasonal Work and Social Security
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Three Things You Need to Know about Seasonal Work and Social Security

It’s a good way to make extra income during the busy holiday season.
We know you may have some questions about seasonal work and how it affects your work record.
Social Security is here to answer your top three questions about seasonal work.
Do I earn credits toward future Social Security benefits if I get a job during the holidays?
You earn Social Security credits when you work in a job and pay Social Security taxes.
I get Social Security benefits.
Will seasonal work affect my benefits?
You can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time.
If you’re ready to work again, or would like to try this holiday season, read Working While Disabled.
How do I make sure my seasonal wages are posted correctly?

Here Are 6 Of The Most Radical Provisions In The GOP Tax Bill
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Here Are 6 Of The Most Radical Provisions In The GOP Tax Bill

Creating a big new tax deduction for private school tuition.
Although the tax benefit is sure to save some families money, the ballooning cost of private elementary and secondary school makes it unlikely that it will increase access to private school for middle- and low-income kids.
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters Encouraging corporations to automate ― without any help for displaced workers.
But the increase in the deduction comes at a time when corporations are investing in automation of their production facilities through the use of robots and artificial intelligence technology, noted Robert Kovacev, a corporate tax attorney for the Steptoe & Johnson law firm in Washington, D.C. “It’s going to accelerate spending, basically, on robots that could displace workers,” Kovacev told HuffPost.
Many progressive economists believe the national debt is not a major challenge at this juncture.
And not discretionary spending.
“The driver of our debt is the structure of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries.” Rejecting a proposal to expand a tax credit for families with children in order to reduce the corporate tax rate even more.
To pay for the roughly $87 billion price of expanding the tax credit, Rubio and Lee proposed reducing the top corporate tax rate to just under 21 percent, rather than the 20 percent threshold that President Donald Trump and GOP leaders were seeking.
While the top statutory estate tax rate is 40 percent, the average effective rate paid by families subject to the tax is about 17 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center.
The Senate bill would double the estate tax exemption to $22 million for couples, eliminating the tax entirely for half the estates that currently pay it, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

For Americans, the best of times, the worst of times
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For Americans, the best of times, the worst of times

For Americans, these are the best of times and the worst of times.
The stock market is booming, economic growth has jumped to 3 percent, and headline unemployment is near 4 percent.
However, too many capable adults remain out of the work force or stuck in dead-end jobs — more reliant on government and private handouts to keep roofs over their heads, feed their children and obtain health care than at any time since the Great Depression.
Increasingly, Americans are divided between the coastal elites — those who attended selective universities and garner high-paying jobs in finance, technology, medicine, government and supporting services — and the rest of us.
When the Clintons and Democrats in Congress complain that most of the benefits of growth are going to folks at the top, they are surely right.
Over the last two decades, median household incomes have been more or less stagnant but the inflation-adjusted costs for middle-class essentials like college, health care and housing have zoomed.
Meanwhile, upper-income Americans have outwitted it all and become more prosperous and culturally distant from the great masses.
Many Americans are handicapped by mediocre educations whose skill content is more appropriate to the pre-digital age and more fundamentally, by upbringings in rural communities and small cities — places where good jobs have been laid waste by Asian imports, automation, farm consolidation and desperate immigrants.
Or in urban ghettos — places where broken families and expectations for government largesse and corporate favors mirror the worst days of populism in Mexico prior to NAFTA.
Those communities share in common terrible social infrastructure — poor schools and transportation, shortages of physicians, lack of affordable high-speed connectivity and sometimes even no readily accessible supermarkets.

The Republican Tax Plan Is A Christmas Gift To Big Business And The Rich
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The Republican Tax Plan Is A Christmas Gift To Big Business And The Rich

The country has gotten richer overall, but the benefits have gone almost entirely to those at the very top – and since the year 2000, these trends have accelerated.
Beginning in the 1980s, Republicans repeatedly cut taxes for the rich and big corporations.
In 1973, the top one percent took eight percent of all income (after taxes) while the bottom 50 percent got a mere 25 percent.
Meanwhile, corporate taxes plunged from over 30 percent of all tax receipts in the 1950s to under 10 percent by the mid-2000s.
Among other changes, the Republican plan slashes the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, eliminates taxes on estates larger than $5.45 million, and abolishes the Alternative Minimum Tax, which ensures that wealthy taxpayers with large deductions pay at least a minimum rate.
What would the Republican tax plan mean for ordinary Americans?
Yes, ordinary Americans will get tax cuts now, but they will likely pay for them later in the form of cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
First, Republicans borrow money to deliver bags of cash to the extremely rich and a pittance to ordinary people.
Republicans think that we will go along with all of this – but it won’t work, Ordinary Americans know that these programs, and the security they provide, are worth much more than a few hundred bucks.
Tell your congressional representatives: don’t abandon your people to cut taxes for the rich.

How You Can Grow Your Social Security Benefits Beyond Retirement Age
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How You Can Grow Your Social Security Benefits Beyond Retirement Age

For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life.
Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Besides providing you with additional income to pay your bills, extending your employment or working for yourself could boost your lifetime Social Security benefits.
Through delayed retirement credits, your monthly benefit amount increases for each year you wait between your full retirement age and 70.
You get credits on your earnings record for each year of additional work income.
When we calculate your retirement benefit amount, we use your best 35 years of earnings.
We’ll increase your benefit amount if your new year of earnings is higher than one of the years we used to calculate your initial benefit amount.
An increased benefit amount for yourself could mean more support for your family, too, through Social Security spousal benefits, child benefits, and survivor benefits.
We also encourage you to set up your own online my Social Security account so you can verify your lifetime earnings record, check the status of an application for benefits, and manage them after you’re receiving them.
Social Security is committed to helping you prepare for a secure today and tomorrow for you, your family, and future family.

27 Food Names Parents Are Giving Their Babies
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27 Food Names Parents Are Giving Their Babies

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made international news back in 2004 when they named their newborn daughter Apple.
At the time, the name was virtually unheard of ― chosen for no more than seven American babies in any given year between the ’70s and ’90s.
But after Apple Martin made headlines, that number increased considerably.
According to the Social Security Administration, 44 baby girls were named Apple in 2005.
The name’s popularity ebbed and flowed for the next decade, and in 2014, the number of baby girls named Apple dropped into the teens.
In 2016, only 11 baby Apples were born.
Apple isn’t the only food name parents in the U.S. are giving their children.
In fact, many people opt for fruits, vegetables, and spices like Lemon, Kale and Saffron.
Here are 27 food-related names and the number of newborns given those names in 2016: Lemon (26 girls) Cherry (40 girls) Kale (100 boys) Pepper (136 girls, nine boys) Saffron (30 girls) Maple (113 girls) Basil (22 girls, 60 boys) Apple (11 girls) Clementine (378 girls) Huckleberry (27 boys) Sage (928 girls, 526 boys) Lilikoi (eight girls) Ginger (56 girls) Cayenne (eight girls) Berry (10 boys) Olive (1,155 girls, nine boys) Amaranth (five girls) Brie (75 girls) Nori (168 girls, 13 boys) Candy (49 girls) Anise (13 girls) Jasmine (2,625 girls, six boys) Rosemary (729 girls) Honey (50 girls) Lotus (88 girls, seven boys) Maize (six girls, five boys)

Shining a Light on Those Who Provide Dementia Care
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Shining a Light on Those Who Provide Dementia Care

Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll, not just on those with the disease, but on their families.
It is estimated that in 2016 those caregivers delivered 18.2 billion hours of assistance, often at the cost of personal and financial sacrifices, according to a survey by the Alzheimer’s Association for the 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.
Many caregivers reduce or quit working to provide care for a loved one, resulting in a loss of income.
And with no known prevention, cure, or way to slow the disease’s progression, the impact on our nation and our caregivers continues to grow.
The high cost of Alzheimer’s on caregivers could be even higher; however, Social Security benefits help offset some of those costs of care and services.
Traditional health insurance plans and Medicare do not typically cover long-term nursing home stays that people in the late stages of the disease often require.
Social Security is used across the country to pay for critical care services for individuals living with dementia.
Since 2010, Social Security has included Early-Onset Alzheimer’s as a Compassionate Allowances condition for the Social Security Disability Insurance program, providing access to expedited review of Social Security benefit applications for those under the age of 65.
While we continue to work towards a cure and treatments that will both improve quality of life and reduce costs, it is important to have access to affordable support and services.
This includes providing support for those who provide care.

Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability?
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Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Social Security disability has different requirements to qualify than the agency’s retirement benefits.
You may qualify for disability benefits even if you have nowhere near enough work credits to get retirement benefits from Social Security.
Social Security work credits The Social Security Administration uses “work credits” as its benchmark to determine who is eligible for many of its programs, including disability benefits.
Unlike retirement benefits, you might need to get disability benefits while still young — so the work credit requirement takes age into account when determining whether or not someone can get disability benefits.
Thus, assuming you make more than $5,200 per year, to qualify for Social Security disability at age 35 you’d need approximately five years’ worth of earnings on your work record.
First, the person must not be able to do the work that he was doing before.
How to apply for disability benefits Before applying for benefits, take a look at the Social Security disability checklist to make sure that you have all the information and documents you’ll need.
If the agency rejected your application because your condition doesn’t qualify as disabling, you can file an appeal on the Social Security website.
If you don’t have enough work credits to qualify for disability benefits, you may be able to get benefits from the Supplemental Security Income program instead.
Before buying such a policy, check the fine print to see what you’ll need to do to qualify as disabled because some policies are even more limiting than the Social Security Administration in their definition of disability, while others are quite lenient.

Want to help the hungry? Connect, listen, share: MS Pulse
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Want to help the hungry? Connect, listen, share: MS Pulse

West Jackson resident Patricia Aaron talks about finding food when means are scarce.
But stories like the ones told in Nov. 19’s paper aren’t unique, especially not in a city where 30 percent of people live in poverty.
You might not know their stories, but every last one of the more than 43,000 food insecure citizens in Jackson has one.
You could ask the people you meet how you can help.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO DONATE, find a list of charities and their needs at and remember, food insecure folks are just as hungry in July as they are in November and December.
In a follow-up to last Sunday’s story about food insecurity in the capital city, and an accompanying story about folks working to alleviate food deserts, I explored the growing trend of plant-based eating in Jackson. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center has been barred from treating patients for years, but he’s continued to receive a $339,000 annual salary.
The Affordable Care Act-created initiative, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, is one of the only things about U.S. health care liked by countries that guarantee health insurance for all citizens.

Disability benefits: Who decides if you’re disabled?
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Disability benefits: Who decides if you’re disabled?

Who decides if I meet the requirements for Social Security disability benefits?
We first will review your application to make sure you meet some basic requirements for Social Security disability benefits, such as whether you worked enough years to qualify.
Then we will send your application to the disability determination services office in your state.
Doctors and disability specialists in the state agency ask your doctors for information about your condition.
They consider all the facts in your case.
They use the medical evidence from your doctors and hospitals, clinics, or institutions where you have been treated and all other information.
The state agency staff may need more medical information before they can decide if you are disabled.
If more information is not available from your current medical sources, the state agency may ask you to go for a special examination.
We prefer to ask your own doctor, but sometimes the exam may have to be done by someone else.
Call 800-772-1213 for information.