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10 quirky Social Security facts you need to know

The Motley Fool Logo By Dan Caplinger of The Motley Fool | Slide 1 of 12: Tens of millions of people rely on Social Security for valuable income in retirement or when they're disabled. With total benefits amounting to nearly $1 trillion a year, Social Security is serious business, and it's important to make the most of what the program pays you.  Yet despite its importance, Social Security has some quirks that can trip you up if you don't know about them. Click through to read 10 things about Social Security that many don't know -- but that can make a big difference to what you get from the program. ALSO READ: 12 Reasons to Be Thankful for Social Security

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Tens of millions of people rely on Social Security for valuable income in retirement or when they're disabled. With total benefits amounting to nearly $1 trillion a year, Social Security is serious business, and it's important to make the most of what the program pays you.

Yet despite its importance, Social Security has some quirks that can trip you up if you don't know about them. Click through to read 10 things about Social Security that many don't know -- but that can make a big difference to what you get from the program

ALSO READ: 12 Reasons to Be Thankful for Social Security

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