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Is Someone You Know Wondering “Who” FICA Is?

August 22, 2016 • By

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Social Security’s Acting Commissioner, Carolyn W. Colvin, likes to tell this amusing story. A colleague’s teenage daughter came home bursting with excitement after receiving her first paycheck. But she had one question about her earnings statement. “Well, Dad” — she asked him earnestly — “who is this FICA?”

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Social Security Programs Are As Diverse As Those We Serve

August 11, 2016 • By

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From women and children, to the elderly and disabled, Social Security has you covered. Because we value and appreciate the differences that make up our nation, our programs are as diverse as those we serve. We’re with you throughout every stage of your life, and we’re always working to provide services that meet your changing […]

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Come See Their Faces, Learn the Facts

July 11, 2016 • By

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In times of tragedy and uncertainty, Social Security is a constant for America, a lifeline. Our Faces and Facts of Disability website is at the heart of who we are as an agency. We share the stories about people living with disabling conditions and receiving benefits from Social Security. The site puts a face and name to […]

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The American Dream is Alive

July 4, 2016 • By

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Now, more than ever, is a good time to reflect on diversity to build a better future, as a unified nation. Let’s celebrate our differences without forgetting our fundamental likeness. We are all Americans who believe in freedom and democracy for all. This is what the American dream is all about. Everyone deserves a comfortable […]

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Our New and Improved Same-Sex Couples Website

June 30, 2016 • By

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Social Security touches the lives of every member of the public. Our commitment is to treat all people with compassion and respect. This month, we joined the nation in celebrating LGBT Pride Month. The purpose of this commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history […]

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A Galaxy at Your Fingertips, Not Far Far Away

June 27, 2016 • By

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This past winter, Americans of all generations awakened to the newest film in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many readers probably remember seeing the first Star Wars film in theaters in 1977. The advanced technology used by the Jedi and Sith in a galaxy far, far away seemed light years away. […]

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When Tragedy Occurs, Your Family Can Count on Us

April 11, 2016 • By

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Tragedy strikes without warning. For families who lose a wage earner, it can have a devastating financial impact in addition to the emotional one. Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin says that Social Security touches the lives of every American, often in times of tragedy and uncertainty. It’s true. Our programs go beyond retirement and disability benefits. […]

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Reporting Changes is Your Responsibility

December 10, 2015 • By

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 If you receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect your eligibility for disability, retirement, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. You must report any changes that may affect your benefits immediately, and no later than 10 days after the end of the month in which the […]

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Simplify Your Life Week

August 6, 2015 • By

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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 […]

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Ex-Spouse Benefits and You

May 14, 2015 • By

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No doubt about it — thinking of an ex-spouse can be emotional. And, if your finances have changed for the worse since the breakup, even more emotions can surface. We have news that may relieve some of your stress.

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