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You and Your Family May Be Eligible for Increased Benefits

September 9, 2021 • By

We know your circumstances may change after you apply—or become eligible—for benefits. If you, or a family member, receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), certain life changes could entitle you to an increase in your benefit amount. As part of our Potential Entitlement initiative, we want to help you identify where you might […]

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Check the Status of Your Social Security Benefits Claim Online

July 15, 2021 • By

If you applied for Social Security benefits, or have a pending reconsideration or hearing request, you can check the status online using your free personal my Social Security account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one to see the following information about your claim: Date of filing. Current claim location. Scheduled hearing […]

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Financial Literacy Month: A Perfect Time to Plan for Your Future

April 8, 2021 • By

April is Financial Literacy Month—a time focused on educating people about the importance of planning for a secure financial future. Social Security is a vital part of any financial plan. We have online tools to help you understand your potential Social Security benefits and how they fit into your financial future. You should periodically review […]

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New Fact Sheets Added to Your Online Statement

April 1, 2021 • By

Your Social Security Statement, available on my Social Security, tells you how much you or your family can expect to receive in disability, survivor, and retirement benefits. We’ve added new fact sheets to accompany the online Statement. These new fact sheets provide clarity and useful information, based on your age group and earnings situation. They […]

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Three Retirement Planning Tips For Women

March 19, 2021 • By

One day in 1939, Ida May Fuller stopped by the local Social Security office in her hometown of Rutland, Vermont, and said, “I knew I’d been paying into Social Security and I wanted to learn more.” The following year, she received the very first Social Security benefit payment—$22.54—and it arrived as check number 00-000-001. Ida’s […]

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Direct Deposit: A Fast, Convenient, and Secure Way to Receive Your Benefit Payments

February 12, 2021 • By

At Social Security and Veterans Affairs, issuing timely benefit payments is a core service we both provide. After all, we know you want your benefits on time to cover your household or medical expenses. The most secure way to get your benefits is to receive them electronically. It’s faster, safer, and more convenient than a […]

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5 Ways SSA.gov Saves You Time

January 29, 2021 • By

Our online tools and services save you time and make your life easier. Often, there’s no need to contact us. Here are five of our webpages that can make your life easier: 1. With your own personal my Social Security account, you can request a replacement Social Security card, verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, […]

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5 Ways SSA.gov Saves You Time

Our Online Benefits Application

October 4, 2018 • By

Social Security is committed to protecting and securing the information entrusted to us. We’re constantly looking for ways for you to save time by conducting your business anytime, anywhere, using our online services. Our online benefits application provides a high level of security and protection for the information you provide. Filing online gives you the […]

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5 Facts You Might Not Know About Social Security

July 19, 2018 • By

Most people know at least something about Social Security. For decades, Social Security has been providing valuable information and tools to help you build financial security. Here’s your opportunity to find out a little more, with some lesser-known facts about Social Security.

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How the Rules Work for You

July 12, 2018 • By

Retirement doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn’t have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement […]

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