Get What's Yours

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Get What's Yours

The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security

By Laurence J. Kotlikoff; Philip Moeller; Paul Solman

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781476772295, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2015

"Social Security law has changed Key secrets may require action before April 30, 2016. If you or your spouse turns 66 by then, read this book."
Learn the secrets to maximizing your Social Security benefits and earn up to thousands of dollars more each year with expert advice that you can t get anywhere else.
Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits? You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but Kotlikoff, Moeller, and Solman explain Social Security benefits in an easy to understand and user-friendly style. What you don t know can seriously hurt you: wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for cost some individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year.
How many retirees or those nearing retirement know about such Social Security options as "file and suspend" (apply for benefits and then don t take them)? Or "start stop start" (start benefits, stop them, then re-start them)? Or just as important when and how to use these techniques? "Get What's Yours" covers the most frequent benefit scenarios faced by married retired couples, by divorced retirees, by widows and widowers, among others. It explains what to do if you re a retired parent of dependent children, disabled, or an eligible beneficiary who continues to work, and how to plan wisely "before "retirement. It addresses the tax consequences of your choices, as well as the financial implications for other investments.
Many personal finance books briefly address Social Security, but none offers the thorough, authoritative, yet conversational analysis found here. You ve paid all your working life for these benefits. Now, get what's yours.

About the Author
Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a professor of economics at Boston University and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc. His company websites are and To learn more, visit

Journalist Philip Moeller writes about retirement for "Money" and authors the "Ask Phil "Medicare column for PBS. He also is a Research Fellow at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College and the founder of, a leading site for insurance information.

Paul Solman is the business and economics correspondent for the "PBS NewsHour" and is a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Practitioner in Grand Strategy at the International Security Studies department at Yale University.