In this series, “Social Security Secrets,” experts Larry Kotlikoff and Phil Moeller explain the most important things you need to know about this valuable retirement benefit. Kotlikoff and Moeller are co-authors of the New York Times best-seller Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security.
If you are getting information about Social Security, you need to be extra careful—even if you’re getting advice from Social Security itself.
Phil Moeller and Larry Kotlikoff blame the staff and funding cuts Social Security has experienced over the last few years. There are too many people looking for answers, and not enough people to answer them, they say. As a result, most of the information has been put online. But you may not find the answer you need online. Which is when you’ll need to turn to other sources.
Don’t trust the first answer you get; double-check and find other sources that confirm what you have found.