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Simplify Your Life Week

August 6, 2015 • By

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A busy woman working at a laptop.You’re a busy person! Today’s world is fast-paced and leaves you with a lot to juggle each day.

This is Simplify Your Life Week, and we’re here to help save you time and energy so you can spend more time on the things you enjoy.

What if we told you there’s a place that can help you meet many of your Social Security needs at once?

You can access many of our convenient and secure services online when you visit our Online Services page. In a matter of minutes, you can open your personal my Social Security account and view your earnings history in your Social Security Statement. The Retirement Estimator is another great tool to help find the best retirement age for you based on your earnings and your individual circumstances. This is a simple and quick way to see what you could be getting every month after you start receiving retirement benefits.

When you join the millions who already do business with us online, you can find out if you qualify for benefits. Then, you can get estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you or your family could be eligible to receive. After that, the next step is applying for those benefits electronically! In most retirement cases, that’s it. You don’t have any more papers to sign or documents to provide.

If you already receive benefits, you can access your benefit verification letter, change your address or phone number, and start or update direct deposit information.

Simplifying your life isn’t just about removing distractions; it’s also about improving your quality of life. Let us help you, whether you’re going through a major life change or you want to rest easy after seeing the options your future holds. Using our online services is just one more way you can make your life less complicated!

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  1. DAVID G.

    I served 45 years in serving the United States and now am getting messed over by the United States. I served 25 years in the military and 20 years in civil service. I have ran into 2 very bad situations I do not think is right. After serving and paying Social Security over those 45 years the Social Security rules say unless my wife is a United States Citizen she cannot claim from my Social Security. I think I earned it and my wife should be able to claim it when she turns 65.There are others that have not served and wives have not worked at all and are allowed to draw on their husbands Social Security. Would you please help me with this?

    My second request I am requesting help with is my wife will be able to claim the military SBP but the draw back is Social Security will take out 30% tax on it. I think that is a big exuberant, don’t you.

    Thank you very much for any help you can give me!!

    David Knutson

    E:MAIL: toyotamr2gt@hotmail.com

    • Ray F.

      David, thank you for your service to our country as a service member and civil servant. If you qualify for Social Security benefits, your wife may be able to get benefits on your record — see “Benefits For Your Spouse” for eligibility information. She would also have to meet the requirements for non-citizens living in the United States. If you have specific questions, please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask to speak with one of our representatives, who are available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Or, you can contact your local Social Security office. For information about the Survivor Benefit Plan or SBP, please contact the Department of Defense.

  2. Tony S.

    I’m not sure how virtuous this new digital relationship between SSA and “covered workers” is. It does not seem to work for beneficiaries. I’m glad workers can be reassured of their insurance status and that there are no complaints about their accounts being robbed. Beneficiaries, on the other hand, are reporting a lot of welfare theft under color of welfare fraud, i.e. those unresolved 2011 overpayment underpayment scandal ruled illegal by the Social Security Caucus. It is not better than okay for SSA to thank the workers for their contributions, it is by making beneficiaries happy that workers are insured, as a matter of self-interest or charity, and thereby “thanked” as states don’t tend to say. The problem is that the SSA bureaucrats overly identify with microeconomic taxpaying workers, and communism is maybe more foolish of a form of politics than fascism. To do God’s work SSA must cherish alms for the poor.. The poorer the people who are helped, the richer the underpaid, half-starved and abused beneficiaries feel, and beneficiary satisfaction is the standard by which social welfare is judged. The question for the worker/taxpayer propagandist whose lifetime contributions might scrape as high a $1 million, is, how many disability beneficiaries does it take to balance the federal budget? The answer: one. Other beneficiaries do other freely chosen and creative ventures for peanuts, other are cranky, discriminatory, severely mentally ill substance abuse associates of convicted murderers with military training. But workers are nearly universally megalomaniacal thieves of other people’s welfare, who couldn’t do god’s work if someone paid them to because they haven’t already done it for free. Here is an amendment to the 9th edition of Health and Welfare that is edifying Congress as we watch the Perseid meteors.

    .May Day – April fool’s day is not a federal holiday – March is National Social Work Month HA-5-8-15

    An Act: To select a more appropriate date than April fool’s day for the submission of the Actuaries’ Annual Reports of the OASDI and Medicare Trustees and amend Section 1161 of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)XI-B§1320c-10 and end this absurd discrimination against the extraordinarily challenging mental disability of the Actuary. Be the Democratic-Republican (DR) two party system Abolished, referred to the Actuary, Commissioner and Trustees (ACT).

    April fool’s day is not a federal holiday, nor should it be a prescribed federal working day for the Medicare and SSA Actuaries. May day is claimed by Armed forces month, and is both a distress call, as used in the title of this amendment, and a holiday, March is National Social Work month. March 1, 2016 sounds like a good deadline for the annual report of the current Chief Actuary or his more educable relief. Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin took office on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2013 and was subsequently confirmed. Who better to officiate a more honorable deadline than Cupid herself?

    SSA cannot afford to be played for a fool anymore. The Chief Actuary must recuse the HHS Secretary to be faithful to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and civil rights. He most recently conspired to estimate the HHS Secretary and Child Support Enforcement officer of the day suggestion to steal disability insurance when a DI beneficiary collects unemployment and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) reports a bill was introduced in Congress that amounts to attempted deprivation of relief benefits in violation of civil rights criminal statute 18USC§246 hereby thwarted to forgive the conflict of interest.

    The Actuary and Social Security Trustees must recuse the HHS Secretary as an accounting fraud whose indelible lies have driven her to actually attempt the lesser, albeit civil rights offense – deprivation of relief benefits – on at least two occasions. She probably believes this reinforces popular belief in her several falsehoods of greater than one, or even the two years in prison the Actuary is attempting to rob the DI beneficiaries of, not to mention drug counterfeiting coup of the FDA and her obsessive-compulsive “enforcement” abolished by the Slavery Convention of 1926 – HHS must not be confused with, stress, interfere with or infringe upon, the SSA Actuary’s professed immunity.

    OASI Table IV.A.1 in the 2014 annual report contains more than the two errors detected – (1) the high cost spending was in the low cost projection and (2) an interest rate (+/-3.4%) must be declared for projections to retain some, but not all, of their previous level of accuracy. There is no shortage of actuarial work saving the DI trust fund by filling in the zeroes and negative balances on the DI Table IV.A.2 and recalculating OASDI Table IV.A.3 to save the DI trust fund.

    Even with the most difficult part of the “pain in the OASDI” calculus work week taken care of by the academically unqualified and newly stateless “fraud” on mental disability who balances the federal budget for the hostile fire pay of +/-$666 a month DI for more than 42 months (Revelation 13:10), the Actuary has at least a day of work recalculating OASDI Tables IV, before it would be wise to spend a week explaining the projection of the Free Disability Insurance Reallocation Tax (DIRT) Act (2.3% DI 10.1% OASI) and Without Income Limit law (WILL) (130% expansion) in such a way that would enlighten the editing of the 2015 annual report.

    Congress, with the consent of the Chief Actuary, must select a more appropriate date in 2016, preferably earlier in the year, March 1, for National Work Month, and amend Sec. 1161 of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)XI-B§1320c-10 from April 1 to the suggested date of March 1. The Free DIRT and WILL Acts inspire early action updating the 2015 Report with an actuarial legislative slip opinion projecting updated OASDI Tables IV in September 2015 for the new fiscal year beginning FY 2016 when FICA paystubs would begin publishing the new but equal tax-rates.

    Furthermore, the Chief Actuary must meet the earlier deadline for the Annual Report because he cannot afford to be the fool Congress plays us for anymore, nor indeed be mesmerized by his own hypnotism, and SSA’s work would be so much more rewarding with more money to pay more estimable classes of poor people with qualifying disabilities, like African-Americans under Title VI of the Civil rights act of 1964, spouses of gay beneficiaries, and early retiring menopausal female teachers, whereas of August 5, 2015 there are two new amendment amendments to slightly reordered Sections 85(D-2) and 145(B-1) of the 9th Ed. of Health and Welfare (HAW) still dated July 26.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25 this year, Medicare 50, Social Security 80 and Hospitals & Asylums 204. The day for the tyrannical Baby Boomers to correct Tables IV was US v. Thomas Fillebrown, Secretary of Commissioners of Navy Hospitals 32 US 28 7 Pet. 28 (1833) whose arrest by a jury, short term of detention, long spell of severe illness and extra-long trial to redress the deprivation of relief benefits, was cited by Justice Story in Minis v. US 40 U.S. 423 (1841). I assure you OMB Table 4.1 can settle for my 41st birthday August 11 whether or not the Perseid meteors put on much of a show with all the USDA smoke and prayers for rain this summer, the extraordinarily difficult OASDI tax calculus, that should be reviewed at least every two years, is right, and free fiscal year 2016 that begins October 1, 2015 for me.

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      • Pat S.

        Before I got anywhere near the middle of this post, I lost interest. Then I scrolled down to the end – and said to myself “Forget it..this person should have called or written a letter!

  3. William

    I live in Southeast Asia and your online application form says I cannot have a mysocial securtiy online account without a US address. I did not receive a printed benefit verification letter this year. How are people living abroad suppose to print out or receive this letter? Thank you attention to this matter

    • Ray F.

      We are sorry for the inconvenience, William. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet. Please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to your Social Security benefits

  4. Willard B.

    What percentage will you take out of my 401k at the age 70.5? Will the state take out money to?
    Thank you

  5. Debra D.

    Thank you for this information I was unaware it existed. Debra

  6. vivian a.

    i need you stop take money when i should have been done with overpay.

    • Ray F.

      Vivian, for your security we do not have access to information about your account on this blog. You should continue to work with your local office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  7. Fehmida N.

    I have no comment but me and my 19 years old son Talha Pasha Wants to prmenant residence in Amarica .

    • Calvin J.

      No thanks, we are over run enough already – stay the hell out of here!

    • Dianne

      First of all, learn English, be a productive person and give, don’t take from this country. We are blessed in so many ways with our way of live and opportunity, and need good immigrants willing to educate themselves, work hard and give back to America.

    • KP

      To become a U.S. Citizen, you will need to contact the Department of Homeland Security.

  8. Marino R.

    Thank you very much with whatever help you may provide me.

  9. bettyg

    have SHORTER paragraphs for us NEURO cognitive folks; thanks!

    2 many different subjects shown in SAME paragraph; separate those thoughts for us please. thanks 😉

  10. Jeff c.

    Hi,,I would like updates,,thanks

    • vivian a.

      i receive s s i what i want know when you going stop take money from my income.

      • Dianne

        Be glad that you are getting SSI, obviously you haven’t worked much or paid into the system; be grateful for what you are getting; if it’s not enough, go out and get a job.

        • Judy

          I just read about money being taken out of someone’s SSI, that is normal, we do pay some small amount of taxes on that money.. As far as me getting a job, I started working at 12 years old, sweeping and taking out trash at a small store by my house, and I worked until I turned 74, I am now 78 and don’t know what to do because I have always worked and sometimes 2 jobs..

          • KP

            Keep I mind SSI is a needs based program and the amount you receive is based on your income and resources. Call your local office and they can provide you an explanation.

          • hoosier

            Ms Judy, you need to get some rest and relaxation! You earned it!!! Wish you the best!

        • Cris B.

          Most peoplle on SSI
          cannot work or are caring for someone who cannot
          why they hostility??

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