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From day one I never counted on Social Security. Even if it survived to my "retirement age", I figured I'd be means tested or taxed out of anything that came my way.

There was one bright four year period during residency training, we got to opt out of SS taxes and contribute to a deferred compensation plan. In other words, our money was put into an individual account that was ours and ours only. I guess it was some loophole option because we were considered state employees. When we were no longer employed, we could roll the money over into our IRAs.

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