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Social Security Q&A Part 25

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I was speaking with my sister and she told me that she receives half of her spouse’s benefit. Why am I not eligible for benefits from my spouse? Answer: If your spouse is eligible for Social Security benefits, you could be eligible for one-half of their benefit at your full retirement age. However, if you worked … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 25

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Important Information About Social Security Services

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We recognize that you may have questions about how the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) will affect Social Security services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay Social Security and SSI benefits. Also, beware of scammers who may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments. This … Continue reading Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Important Information About Social Security Services

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Social Security Q&A Part 24

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I pay my monthly premium directly to my Medicare prescription drug plan provider. Why can’t I also pay my income-related monthly adjustment amount directly to my Medicare prescription drug plan provider? Answer: By law, we must deduct your income-related monthly adjustment amount from your Social Security payments. If the amount you owe is more than the … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 24

Social Security Number for Children

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Getting your newborn a Social Security Number is important.  If your child is born in a hospital, the easiest way to secure a Social Security Number is when you give information for your child’s birth certificate.  If you wait to apply for a number at a Social Security office, you may encounter delays while we verify … Continue reading Social Security Number for Children

Retirement planning 101 with Social Security

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security benefits are part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker.  If you’re among the people covered under Social Security, you need to know how much you might receive from us when you begin receiving benefits.  These monthly payments may be a vital part of your retirement income. We base your benefit payment on … Continue reading Retirement planning 101 with Social Security

Social Security and Household Workers

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Do you plan to pay a cleaning person, cook, gardener, babysitter, or other household worker at least $2,200 in 2020?  This amount includes any cash you pay for your household employee’s transportation, meals, and housing.  If you will pay at least $2,200 to one person, you have some additional financial responsibilities. When you pay at least … Continue reading Social Security and Household Workers

Social Security and Women’s History Month

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In March, our nation celebrates Women’s History Month.  Today, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Social Security has served a vital role in the lives of women for over 80 years.  With longer life expectancies than men, women tend to … Continue reading Social Security and Women’s History Month

Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

Via Social Security Administration By Mark Hinkle All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services. Read the full press release. Continue reading Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

Social Security and OIG Announce National ‘Slam the Scam’ Day

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, and the agency continue raising public awareness about telephone impersonation schemes during the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) national ‘Slam the Scam’ Day on March 5. Social Security and OIG have made concerted efforts to educate the public about these scams – in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into … Continue reading Social Security and OIG Announce National ‘Slam the Scam’ Day

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Social Security Q&A Part 23

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: How much will I receive if I qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? Answer: The amount of your SSI benefit depends on where you live and how much income you have. The maximum SSI payment varies nationwide. For 2020, the maximum federal SSI payment for an eligible individual is $783 a month and $1,175 a … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 23