Social Security Celebrates Black History Month

February 8, 2018 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

family smiling In February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over 90 years.

Honoring our shared history is one way we can remember that we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship.

Social Security has the tools to help you plan for your retirement and to apply for benefits online. We also pay disability benefits to individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from working for more than 12 months or that result in death. If the disabled individual has dependent family members, they may also be eligible to receive payments.

We pay disability through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program, for people who have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to be eligible, and the Supplemental Security Income program, which pays benefits based on financial need.

Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. Social Security helps by providing income for the families of workers who die. In fact, 98 of every 100 children could get benefits if a working parent dies. And Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other federal program.

Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey, helping secure today and tomorrow for you and your family. You can learn more on our website.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Sara M.

    how can I download a w-4v tax witholding form?

  2. Theresa M.

    I need a W-4V to fill out so I can submit it so my social security check will be taxed beginning with my first check in September. Thank you

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Theresa. In order to have taxes withheld from your Social Security benefit, you must start by printing, completing and submitting an IRS Voluntary Withholding Request Form (Form W-4V). On this form, you can choose to have 7, 10, 12, or 22 percent of your monthly benefit withheld. The Form W-4V (to withhold federal taxes from your Social Security benefits) can be returned to your local Social Security office by mail or in person. See our Benefits Planner: Withholding Income Tax From Your Social Security Benefits web page for more information and to download the form. We hope this helps.

  3. Thomas R.

    I hope you can help me.

  4. IDA A.

    I have been trying online to obtain a 1099 for 2018 but could not do so. My SS# is *** – ** – ***. My date of birth is 01/31/ 1932. I never received a 1099 for 2018. Please provide either by email or postal, my mail address is : 4238 Embassy Park Drive NW, Washington D.C. 20016-3619 . Thank you.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Ida. Social Security sends the SSA-1099 each year in January using the address you have on file with Social Security.

      You can request a replacement 2018 SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S using your my Social Security account. If you do not already have an account, you can create one. Once you are logged in to your account, select the “Replacement Documents” tab.

      If you are unable to create a my Social Security account or do not want to request it online, you may call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or you can contact your local Social Security office.

  5. Ernest R.

    Need a copy of my 1099 my ss number is XXX-XX-XXXX

  6. HERB M.

    this was very easy

  7. Marianne D.

    Do I still recieve benifits from my X husbands SS account if he dies befire I do?

  8. J R.

    Honoring our shared history is one way we can remember that we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship.”WE NEED A WORLD OF FREE ECONOMIC JUSTICE”.
    Our world of FREE ECONOMIC JUSTICE” is not equal to ” FREE TRADE”.

    • AKA

      SS was never meant to provide a “comfortable retirement”. It is intended to be a supplement to other things such as savings andpensions.

  9. John

    My children got benefits when I went on disability and so did my wife. It helped us a lot, but now it’s just me getting my social security, but I am glad I get a private pension since social security isn’t enough for most families.

  10. Jacky

    When is Trump going to quash all this PC stuff???

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