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10 Social Security Mistakes to Avoid

U.S. News & World Report Logo By Emily Brandon of U.S. News & World Report | Slide 1 of 11: Social security card and money
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How claiming decisions lead to lower payments

Your Social Security claiming decision can dramatically affect the benefit payment you will receive in retirement. If you sign up too soon or don’t work long enough, your Social Security payment is reduced. Here’s how you may be decreasing your retirement payout:

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