Return the Favor, Teach Dad Something Cool

June 19, 2017 • By

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From learning to ride a bike, to helping me with my homework, to hooking the bait just right so I can catch the big fish, my dad taught me a lot.

That same joke Dad’s been telling for 40 years may get old, but for the most part, dads are pretty cool, huh?

Over the years, I tried to reciprocate. I taught him how to use Facebook, walked him through the ins and outs of Instagram, and showed him the complex usage of Twitter.

So you just go online and say something? Yes, Dad.

If you can relate to these moments and, like me, you love teaching your dad something new and useful, here’s something else you can teach your dad. A personal my Social Security account can help him prepare for a healthy retirement.

Opening a my Social Security  account is easy, convenient and secure. Once you help your dad establish an account, he’ll have access to a wealth of information. He can get an estimate of his future retirement and disability benefits.

With a my Social Security  account, your dad can also get his Social Security Statement, which shows how much he paid in Social Security and Medicare taxes throughout his working years. Dad can use his Statement to verify his earnings history, to ensure he receives the correct payment amount when he’s eligible for benefits.

When he needs it, Dad can get a benefit verification letter to prove he receives Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicare. A personal my Social Security  account allows him to change his address, if he’s receiving benefits, and to start or change his direct deposit information.

In some areas, he can even use a my Social Security account to request a replacement Social Security card.

Dad has always been there for you. On Father’s Day, you can be there for your dad by helping him prepare for the future. Help him open a my Social Security  account today!

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Kathey

    Hello.This article was extremely fascinating, especially because I was looking for thoughts on this issue last Sunday.

  2. dani

    ” Take More Booty By Playing The Gold Silver Ratio ”

  3. P A.

    Does ss make any provision for people who are not able to work until age 62 because of medical conditions? I’m a medical provider with failing hearing. Of course hearing is an important part of that hon. And, disability takes a ling time to obtain. Comments please.

    • Ray F.

      The Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, much different than the requirements for other government programs. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability. You may find our listing of impairments useful. To learn more about the process we use to decide if you are disabled under our rules, visit our Disability Planner: How We Decide If You Are Disabled. Thanks!

  4. Vada

    I’ve recently started a site, the info you provide on this web site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work.

  5. Hospitals &.

    To end poverty by 2020


    Sec. 1 Annual Report

    A. To amend Annual Reports Sec. 1161 of Title 11 of the Social Security Act 42US§1320c-10 to change the due date from April 1 to summer solstice (June 20-21). Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs in April. The Trustees are required to Report to the Congress not later than the summer solstice of each year on the operation and status of the Trust Fund during the preceding fiscal year and on its expected operation and status during the current fiscal year and the next 2 fiscal years. They are to Report immediately when the amount of the Trust Fund is unduly small, less than 20% of the budget. The Trustees also review the general policies followed in managing the Trust Fund, and recommend changes in such policies, including necessary changes in the provisions of law which govern the way in which tardiness is to be managed:

    1. The tax on the rich to end poverty by 2020 and end child poverty CY18 by repealing the Adjustment of the contribution and benefit base under Section 230 of the Social Security Act 42USC§430. To prioritize child poverty, before taxing the rich, with current revenues, Congress and Commissioner must immediately make insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and orphan a qualifying disabilities for full SSI benefits $777 (2019). The poor, children first, shall be paid with SSI when the contribution base is expanded to include incomes over the maximum taxable limit. By 2020 all 50 million poor people will receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Eliminating tax havens is a sustainable development goal. In the case regarding the maximum taxable limit, failure to pay legal child support obligations under 18USC§228(b) may be treated as attempt to evade or defeat tax under 26USC§7201.

    2. To sustain the Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund a 2.2% DI 10.2% OASDI tax rate is needed for CY19 now that all the Baby Boomers have retired. The OASDI tax rate must protect the smaller trust fund from being depleted. Since 2000 the Actuary has not demonstrated the ability to do the required calculus, enabling the DI trust fund to be depleted, except for the temporary and illegible DI tax rate of 2.37% CY16-18 under the Bipartisan Budget Act. The recidivism to a 1.8% DI tax rate is overruled to protect the smaller trust fund from further abuse. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 recidivated by providing special funding for unnecessary disability redetermination propaganda to deprive beneficiaries of their subsistence. The Actuary robbed some people, threatened a 0.2% COLA and has still never gotten the OASDI tax rate calculation right in the 2016 Annual Report. If the collection of information by the agency is unnecessary for any reason, the agency may not engage in the collection of information. Sections 811, 824, 831, 832, 834 and 842 must be repealed and abolished as unnecessary under the Paperwork Reduction Act 44USC§3508. Section 833 pertaining to the 2.37% DI tax rate was only good for a no COLA year in 2016 and the 303% trust fund ratio offends Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act 42USC§415(i) under 18USC§246.

    3. To refund as much as $500 million over-payment due as many as 50,000 faultless beneficiaries, who survived, including under Title 1 State Old Age Insurance Programs, whose benefits were cut from a reasonable rate to $600-$699 pursuant to the Social Security Caucus of 2011. Theft of benefits is not immune under Sec. 204(c) of the Social Security Act under 42USC§404(c) from the rational basis test of deprivation or relief benefits under 18USC§246 or the theft and bribery of government programs under 18USC§666 higher scrutiny reveals. This overpayment must be redressed as an overpayment under 26USC§6401. The right to benefits is immune from garnishment an legal process, specifically from federal student loans due to the hyper-inflation in tuition, under Sec. 207(a) of the Social Security Act under 42USC§407(a). So as not to rob beneficiaries, with a biblical threat to capture and kill to make up for any calculation errors, SSA must promise to automatically pay social security beneficiaries $700 a month after 42 months between $600 and $699 a month (Revelation 13:10).

    4. A Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) overpayment credit from 2016 is due under 26USC§6401. Because premium inflation is held harmless as a ratio of 2.5% health insurance premium growth to 3% COLA and there was zero COLA CY16, 0.3% COLA CY17, and 2.7% COLA planned for CY 18 for total COLA over the three year period of 3%, therefore it is easy to calculate 2.5% growth to $107.50 CY 18. The adoption of this 2.5% health insurance premium growth rate for 3% COLA CY 18 is the only way that SMI can be held harmless under Sec. 1840 of the Social Security Act 42USC§1395s. Furthermore, the ACA and Medicare owe beneficiaries, more than the refundable premium and cost-sharing reduction Treasury spending row can afford to pay, for the premium hyper-inflation since CY15. It is only a matter of time before the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) will abolish the Medicare Actuary and finance state/federal Medicaid with the Hospital Insurance tax of the people under the Hill-Burton Act principle of treating the poor for free in exchange for subsidies.

    B. Social security is an internationally recognized human right, for those aged and disabled people who live below the poverty line, and also for those who have contributed to the fund their entire working lives. Social security tends to the needs of (1) the sick; (2) those in need; (3) those without necessary financial resources; and (4) those likely to suffer without aid. The Actuary must begin to account for both OASDI and SSI beneficiaries in one annual report that is due on the summer solstice. As of CY17 SSA is estimated to pay 50 million OASI + 11 million DI + 9 million SSI = 70 million benefits.

    Congress may pass the Labor Act or the long-awaited unanimous roll-call vote to tax the rich to end poverty by 2020, today. The supporting documentation for a $44 billion on-budget surplus FY 18 should be finished by July 16 under 31USC1106.

  6. Ralph f.

    Good afternoon. I took social security at 62 years old and kept on working till 65 yrs old. Now will i get a increase. I’m 66 yrs old as of june this year. Social security was taken out those years.
    Thank you

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Ralph. Generally, if you continue to work while receiving retirement benefits, your monthly benefit amount may increase. Each year, we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to see if additional earnings may increase monthly benefits. To learn more read our publication “How Work Affects Your Benefits”. Thanks!

    • Pepper

      Thanks for shranig. Always good to find a real expert.

  7. Maria E.

    I love this article because it points to two very important facets of life under the same motif: love, attention, and responsibility for one another. At the same time, it made me realize that while taking care of our I’ll Parents because of Alzheimer some of us stop working, hence, we minimize the amount of S. S. benefits for the sake of love and genuine care to our elders. Is there anything your administration can do for us as far as getting some credit, points, benefits during that stage of life?
    Thank you!

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for your comment Maria Elena. We base Social Security credits on the amount of your earnings. We use your earnings and work history to determine your eligibility for Social Security benefits. The credits you earn remain on your Social Security record even if you stop working and have no earnings for a while. See our Benefit Planner: Social Security Credits for more information. Thanks.

      • Maria E.

        Thanks for your prompt reply.

  8. LESLY F.


    • Tiger

      All of these articles have saved me a lot of hesadchea.

  9. LESLY F.

    Thanks!!!! Papi I’m gone no more thanks!!!!

  10. Mark S.

    First, a message like this should have been posed on June 12th rather than the 19th. Second, your links don’t work ’cause they go to your “mirror” site Staff work is very important and clearly it’s not being done or not done well. People depend on SSA, you folks have to do a better job.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Mark! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. All links have been updated and are working properly now.

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