Spruce Up Your Financial Plan with Social Security

May 23, 2019 • By

Last Updated: May 23, 2019

" "Now that tax season is over, it’s probably a good time to evaluate some financial “best practices” for the rest of the year. A good spring-cleaning can clear out the clutter to let you see a clear path for your future. Social Security is always here to help. Even if you just started working, now is the time to start preparing for retirement. Achieving the dream of a secure, comfortable retirement is much easier with a strong financial plan.

Tip 1: Start Early

Our online retirement planning resources are helpful to people at any stage of their career. Our many calculators, Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool, and disability resources are all available on our benefit planners website. From here, you can read and download publications and also email and share with colleagues, friends, and family. Remember, the earlier you start, the better chance you have at saving what you need.

Tip 2: Be Informed

We’re often asked, “What’s the best age to start receiving retirement benefits?” The answer is that there’s no single “best age” for everyone and, ultimately, it’s your choice. The most important thing is to make an informed decision, based on your individual and family circumstances.  To help you make that decision, see our retirement publications.

Tip 3: Estimate the Benefits You Might Get

Knowing the amount of money you could get is pivotal in planning your finances.  With the Retirement Estimator, you can plug in some basic information to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future benefits. Try out different scenarios, such as higher or lower future earnings amounts and various retirement dates to see the various potential effects on your future benefit amounts.

Social Security can help you spring into action and take control of your future with the proper planning tools. Share these online resources with friends and family so they, too, will have the tools.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


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  6. peggy mc

    Do the employees at SSA know that they work for us, the tax payers? I had a phone appt. for this morning and guess what? No one called me. All day long. This is pathetic. This is my money, my benefit and my government. Now I have to waste 2 more hours of my time hanging on the phone waiting for a human to answer to find out why SSA did not call me as scheduled. I am furious and this ineptitude.

    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi, Peggy. We are sorry to hear about your experience. If you still need assistance to reschedule your appointment, you can click “Get Help” in your personal my Social Security account to “Ask a Question”. Click “Talk to an Expert” for a call back. You can also submit feedback by visiting our Contact Social Security page. Once there, select the “E-mail Us” link. This will take you to the “Email A Question to our Support Team” form, where you can complete and submit a compliment, complaint, or suggestion. Thanks.

  7. Mae Dean Whitmore

    How can I get a new SS Card?

  8. tenmar

    Is it true that if you are collecting your social security, you will lose it forever if you are incarcerated? And does this apply to someone on disability social security? Thank you

    • Luis A., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Tenmar. Social Security prohibits payments to most prisoners. For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the law states that a person cannot live in a public institution (for example, a jail, prison, penal facility, etc.) for a full calendar month or more, and receive SSI benefits. For Social Security retirement, survivors or disability benefits, the law states that if a person commits a crime and a court convicts the person, and the person serves more than 30 continuous days in jail following the conviction, the person cannot get benefits while incarcerated. If while incarcerated, the person receives benefits that she/he should not have received, the person is responsible for paying back any money that she/he should not have received. You can find more information about Social Security and SSI benefits and people who are incarcerated, here. If you are aware of any prisoners who are illegally receiving benefits, please report it to us here. We take reports of fraud very seriously. We hope this helps.

  9. L. Roddenberry

    My hours were cut drastically at my job and I applied for Social Security to start. If I start working more hours and go over the $1470/ month how I do I report this to Soc. Security?

    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi. Thanks for your question. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  10. Tim E. OBrien

    I’ve been receiving telephone calls saying my social security will be cancelled if I don’t call them. I believe its a scam so I haven’t called. Please advise if I need to contact you about this.

    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Thanks for checking in with us, Tim. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

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