47 thoughts on “The Twelve Sites of Social Security

  1. When someone dies and you stop SS why don’t you automatic send the death benefit at that time?. You are quick to take back the payment that you paid that month so why not put in the $250 benefit

  2. trying to report my brothers passing and have spent much time on the phone on hold, trying to let someone know, so that his benefits will be stopped, cant seem to get thru how can I accomplish this without spending half a day on phone, we need to close his Bank Acct.

    • We are sorry for your loss, Betty. In most cases, the funeral home will report the person’s death to Social Security. If you want them to do that, you will need to give the deceased’s Social Security Number to the funeral director so they can make the report.
      To be eligible for a Social Security benefit payment, a person has to live throughout the entire month. If the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, you must return the benefit received for the month of death or any later months. Keep in mind that Social Security benefits are paid the month after they are due. For example, if the person dies in September, you must return the benefit paid in October. Generally, the financial institution will return Social Security checks upon receiving notification of the beneficiary’s death.
      When calling our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, you will experience a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this information helps.

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