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By Jean Chatzky
Retirement » 7 Little-Known Social Security Benefits
In the first season of "Friends," Rachel Green looks at her first paycheck as a waitress and asks, "Who's this FICA guy, and why is he getting all my money?"
That's one hard lesson about Social Security. Another is that when it's time to claim, you can't depend on the Social Security Administration to be your personal adviser.
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Social Security employees generally don't give case-specific advice. So that means you are on your own to make the most important financial decision of a lifetime. You have to read the rules and do the research yourself.
Read on to brush up on Social Security benefits that are not commonly known.
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Ida May Fuller claimed the first Social Security benefit check ever, 75 years ago on Jan. 31, 1940. Qualifying for benefits remains a worthy goal.
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