Social Security Basics and Strategies For Maximizing Benefits Webcast | 4192922F

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January 14, 2020 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Webcast Rebroadcast
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CPE 8.00, MCLE 6.50, CFP 8.00
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Determine how Social Security works, how benefits are calculated, who are beneficiaries, and techniques to maximize your clients' benefits.

Though many clients look at Social Security as a government benefit, it is actually a covered worker's investment asset to be managed like any other investment asset.  Examine issues like how Social Security benefits are calculated, identifying benefit-claiming strategies, and what spouses can do now to maximize benefits at retirement.  Learn how Social Security works and explore common planning situations, including workers with and without spouses; sandwich generation families with dependent parents and minor children; and surviving and/or divorced spouses.

Materials are provided as an ebook.


  • Determine how Social Security works, how benefits are calculated, who are beneficiaries, and techniques to maximize your clients' benefits.
  • Recognize the best choices for widow(er)s and other survivors.
  • Identify when a client might qualify for disability benefits.
  • Outline the earnings test and other drawbacks to drawing benefits early and how to plan around them.

Major Subjects:

  • Social Security planning, benefit calculation, and beneficiaries.
  • Recent changes to "file and suspend" and "restricted application" strategies.
  • Increasing benefits for self-employed individuals.
  • Plan for surviving spouses.
  • Integrating retirement plan distribution strategies with Social Security claiming strategies.
  • Coordinating drawing Social Security benefits with the start of Medicare benefits.

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This course will adjourn at 4 p.m.

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CPAs, financial advisers, attorneys, insurance, and other professionals.


James Randall Gardner, CFP, CPA, Esq.

Randy Gardner is the head of financial planning for the Horace Mann Companies. Previously, he was a practicing estate planning attorney with Estate Plan, Inc. with offices in Laguna Beach and Irvine. He is a member of the AICPA, and has written over 100 articles for publications such as The Journal of Financial Planning, Taxation for Accountants, Practical Tax Strategies, and Tax Adviser. Gardner is co-author of several books including The Closing Wealth Transfer Window, 101 Tax Saving Ideas, and Tools and Techniques of Income Tax Planning. He is a columnist for and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Financial Planning. Recognized as Educator of the Year by the Missouri Society of CPAs, Gardner taught for over 30 years as a professor of tax and estate planning and director of the Financial Planning Program at the University of Missouri. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University; his juris doctor degree and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas; and his master of laws in taxation from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

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