Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Primer on Calculating Social Security Pension Benefits

Source: Social Science Research Network

Social Security Benefits Formula 101: A Practical Primer

Francine J. Lipman
Chapman University - School of Law
James E. Williamson
San Diego State University - College of Business Administration
American Bar Association - Section of Taxation News Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 4, Summer 2010

Despite the broad and deep reliance on Social Security benefits, very few of the hundreds of millions of current and future beneficiaries understand how the program works. This article presents through a hypothetical couple some of the basic concepts of the Social Security benefits formula.

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