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May 2, 2017 • By

teacher and studentsEducation is the way to forge a better future. The things we learn today can mold the way we’ll live tomorrow. This is something Social Security takes seriously. We know the work you do today will shape the benefits you’ll receive later on.

During May 1-5, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to celebrate the role of educators in our lives. Most of us remember those dedicated individuals who helped us learn our ABCs and solve math problems while they shaped our intellect through lessons and encouragement.

Daily, teachers go beyond the call of basic instruction. Their contributions to our society are invaluable. Their dedication and lifetime commitment to their work is unrivaled, a dedication and commitment that Social Security can relate to.

Our agency seeks to educate the public about the programs and benefits we have to offer. Whether you’re getting married, having your first child, or applying for disability, we want you to know all the options available to you.

We’re with you throughout life’s journey, have been for more than 80 years, but there’s a lot people don’t know about Social Security.  We offer more than just retirement. We provide financial benefits, information, and tools to help secure your today and tomorrow.

We are there when you’re born, when you get your first job, and on the day you retire. We are there to explain the uses for your Social Security card, what FICA is, and what happens to your family if you die.

You can learn more on Social Security’s newly launched Educator webpage and Toolkit and our Students’ Webpage. Teachers often say preparation is the key to success. Come learn all the ways Social Security helps you prepare for the future.

 


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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Lindsey Langmaid

    Any advise for a coworker whose job quality is suffering to the point of letting go who suffers from DMI. DM is making standing difficult, hearing is going, sight is terrible, is on a pump and it’s not keeping things under control, just lost 2 siblings to DM1 and has a defensive attitude and depression is obvious. Out of genuine care I looked up disability requirements. Did I read right that she basically has to be unemployable for a year before she can claim disability? She worked 18 years for the practice and the health and attitude decline is obvious?

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    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Lindsey, a person may still be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program if they work. However, their earnings cannot exceed a certain amount. This is called the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit. In 2017, the SGA limit is $1,170 per month (or $1,950 for blind applicants). In addition to the amount of money you make, Social Security may also look at the number of hours you’re able to work. If a person thinks that he or she meets our definition of disability, we encourage them to apply. Individuals can apply online. For more information visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. We hope this information helps.

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  4. ana

    How are the 35 years calculated? I worked 33 years, but some years were part time while working on my education. Is each year broken down into quarters? Thank you

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    • Ann Clifton, Public Affairs Specialist

      Thank you for your question Ana. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn up to a maximum of fourcreditsfor each year. If you are eligible to retire at age 62, we use the highest 35 years of earnings to compute your benefit amount. If you do not have 35 years of earnings, we will use all of the earnings on your record. We will factor in an annual total of $0.00 earnings for each of the remaining years. In 2017, you must earn $1,300 in covered earnings to get one Social Security or Medicare work credit and $5,200 to get the maximum four credits for the year. You can use our Online Retirement Estimator to get estimates of your future retirement benefits. Also, you can create a “my Social Security account” to review your earnings record, and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. We hope this helps!

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  5. Odean Moore

    I worked at one time for a gov. org called SIC, for people who never paid in soc sec i.e., like farmers, etc. What happened to that org and how is that handled today.
    Odean Moore.

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    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hello Odean. Work for a state or local government agency, including a school system, college or university, may or may not be covered by Social Security. Visit our web page on State And Local Government Employment for more information. Thanks!

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  6. Sherry Lancaster

    Hey! What about nurses day (5/6) and nurses week – all week long. We are the ones counting on SS since hospitals have gotten rid of pensions. And, we will have no residual benefits (health & life insurance) when we leave the workplace. We must work 40+ years at important stressful jobs before ever thinking of retirement.

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