Social Security: How to Find Out What You'll Get

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Social Security is vital for your retirement income, but it can be hard to figure out how much you'll get in Social Security benefits. How can you get more information?

In the following video from our Social Security Q&A series, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, answers a question from Fool reader Thuan about how to figure out how much you'll get from Social Security when you retire. Dan notes that the Social Security Administration website has a series of calculators, some simple, some complicated, that let you use basic or intricate assumptions to figure your eventual retirement benefit. In addition, the SSA website offers the My Social Security program, which uses your actual work history to give you a range of benefit amounts based on different assumptions about when you retire and what your future income will be.

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