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Social Security When You Are Self-Employed

October 18, 2018 • By

Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, matches that contribution, sends taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and reports wages to Social Security. However, self-employed people must report their earnings and pay their Social Security taxes directly to the IRS. These […]

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Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

October 11, 2018 • By

Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for […]

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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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Social Security Joins in the Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

September 20, 2018 • By

From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This is when we honor the contributions of Hispanics to American society and celebrate this warm and vibrant culture. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics make up about 17.8 percent of our nation’s total population. As with all ethnicities in America, Hispanics can […]

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If You Are Young and Lose a Parent

September 13, 2018 • By

Social Security is here for young people when a parent passes away. We know that the loss of a parent isn’t just emotionally painful; it can be devastating to a family’s finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and elderly when they need it, we support families when […]

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Fight Procrastination by Changing Your Direct Deposit Early

September 6, 2018 • By

September 6 is National Fight Procrastination Day. With our busy lives, it is easy to fall into that cycle of constantly postponing some tasks because of other things we need to address right now. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, procrastinating on […]

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Compassionate Allowances: Five Conditions Added to Fast Track

August 23, 2018 • By

Quickly and accurately processing disability claims is important to us. It is through this commitment to you that we use the Compassionate Allowances program to help us identify and fast-track cases where people have diseases that are most likely to be approved for disability benefits.

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Working While Disabled — Social Security Can Help

August 2, 2018 • By

While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who they are — it gives them purpose and pride — it’s a connection to […]

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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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Social Security, A Source of Independence for Millions

July 3, 2018 • By

On July 4, people in communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s independence with neighbors, family, and friends. A strong community promotes independence by helping each other lead full and productive lives. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. Over those decades, we’ve […]

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