Computing Future Social Security Income

The past few weeks I’ve worked on a new tool to compute social security income (which the Social Security Administration (SSA) refers to as retirement insurance benefits (RIB)), which I’ve also done my best to validate against other available calculators.

This week I extended my tool to provide future RIB estimates – which is what I ultimately care about for doing the FI/RE financial analysis I’ve discussed previously

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Computing Social Security Income

I’ve been wanting to code up a tool to compute social security income for quite some time now, and I finally made some significant progress on that front!

To build this tool, I had to gather all the relevant steps and calculations from across various ssa.gov and third-party sites – which was not trivial.

So, the objective of this post is to have every calculation and table needed to compute standard social security income, which the Social Security Administration (SSA) refers to as retirement insurance benefits (RIB), in a single page. 

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Our First Quarter 2023 Expenses

After publishing our 2022 Expenses post, I thought it might be good to publish our expenses a bit more frequently than once a year.

Initially I thought perhaps I’d publish monthly, since that is how most people think of expenses: yearly and monthly. And that’s how we organize our expenses as well.

But that also seems like a lot of posts, and it could easily get really repetitive. And thus boring for me to write and for you to read!

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What income should you target after FIRE with Obamacare?

In the last couple of posts we’ve discussed how to compute ACA (Obamacare) subsidies and marginal subsidy loss rates vs income (what I’m calling a “hidden” income tax).

Now let’s look at the next question I had regarding ACA subsidies

Is it worth increasing your income via long term capital gains to take advantage of the 0% LT cap gains tax bracket (i.e., tax gain harvesting), even if it means a lower ACA subsidy?

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How to Compute ACA (Obamacare) Subsidies

For quite a while now I’ve been interested in figuring out how subsidies are calculated for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance (probably better known as Obamacare, but I prefer ACA because it’s shorter to say and write).

Why? Because health insurance, and all the stress of how to get it when you don’t have access to employer-provided insurance, is a big topic in the Financial Independence (FI) community. 

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