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Social Security - Birth date can affect when you receive Social Security check

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Q: Why do people receive Social Security payments on different days of the month?

A: Until 1997, all monthly Social Security payments arrived on the same day.

No more. Now they arrive on different days of the month to smooth out workloads.

Most people starting Social Security since 1997 receive their routine benefits on one of four days throughout the month: on the third of the month and on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

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