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May 4, 2016
You can apply for Social Security disability, retirement at same time
Q: Nearly age 64, I just stopped work because of a severe accident. Is it better to apply for Social Security disability or retirement? A: You can apply for either one or both at the same time. You chose what to do. Social Security disability depends on more than your immediate medical...
May 4, 2016 - 5:05am
April 27, 2016
SSI, Social Security are completely different programs
Q: How is SSI different from Social Security? A: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security are completely different programs. A person can receive both if meeting the separate rules of each. Here are a few more of the differences between these two national programs....
April 27, 2016 - 5:05am
April 20, 2016
Survivor’s benefits can begin within a month of death
Q: When do Social Security survivors benefits begin? A: Social Security survivors benefits can begin effective with the month of death, assuming there are eligible family members to pay. When a person receiving Social Security benefits dies, even at the end of a month, benefits are...
April 20, 2016 - 5:00am
April 13, 2016
Marriage does not impact individual maximum benefits
Q: Is there a limit to the amount of Social Security benefits payable to a couple? A: There is no marriage penalty, limit or other reduction when each member of a couple receives Social Security retirement based on their individual work records. Here, amounts payable to each member...
April 13, 2016 - 5:00am
April 6, 2016
Twins’ chances of sequential SSN’s extremely small
Q: I am expecting twins soon. Could they have Social Security numbers in numerical order to make them easier to remember? A: The chance of sequential Social Security numbers (SSN’s) being issued to siblings is extremely small with the random method used to issue numbers today....
April 6, 2016 - 5:00am
March 30, 2016
Medicare premiums deducted from Social Security benefits
Q: My mom is 67 years old and receives Social Security. She also works part-time and noticed that Medicare is taken out of both her paycheck and Social Security benefit. She is wondering why. A: Two different issues are involved. The Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) monthly premium...
March 30, 2016 - 5:00am
March 23, 2016
Retirement benefits won’t be reduced by spouse’s earnings
Q: My husband is starting Social Security retirement soon. I am younger, not retiring and will continue working. Will my earnings reduce his benefits? A: Your earnings will not reduce your husband’s Social Security retirement because those benefits are based on his own work record...
March 23, 2016 - 5:00am
March 16, 2016
How long does it take for a direct deposit change?
Q: How long will it take Social Security to change my direct deposit account? A: This depends on computer processing dates during the month, your payment date and when you contact Social Security. Direct deposit is the term for electronically sending your benefit payment directly...
March 16, 2016 - 5:00am
March 9, 2016
Earnings limitation applies only if under full retirement age
Q: I retired in 2015 but expect employment income in 2016 from work completed before I retired. Will this lower my 2016 Social Security benefits? A: For people younger than full retirement age (FRA), the Social Security annual earnings test, also called the retirement test, concerns...
March 9, 2016 - 5:00am
March 2, 2016
You can request that taxes be withheld from Social Security
Q: Are taxes withheld from Social Security benefits? A: Taxes are not routinely withheld from Social Security benefits. Especially during this time of year, a related question is whether taxes can be voluntarily withheld from SSA payments. Yes, you can request voluntary Federal tax...
March 2, 2016 - 5:00am
February 17, 2016
Social Security tax forms can be replaced online
Q: For taxes, how do I replace my 1099 from Social Security? A: The SSA-1099 tax form is mailed each January to everyone receiving Social Security benefits. For tax purposes, it shows the total amount of benefits received by you from Social Security in the previous year. If a replacement...
February 17, 2016 - 5:00am
February 10, 2016
Delaying your retirement can increase benefits
Q: I started Social Security retirement at age 66 and received monthly benefits since. Now that I am 70, do I get delayed retirement credits? A: You do not. People can start Social Security retirement at age 62 or wait to a later age. Full retirement age (FRA), also called normal...
February 10, 2016 - 5:05am
February 3, 2016
Survivor benefits often count toward SSA earnings test
Q: Does the annual earnings test apply to survivor benefits? A: Yes, most of the time. In general, annual earnings test levels apply to anyone younger than full retirement age (FRA) and receiving Social Security benefits unless that person receives benefits because of his or her own...
February 3, 2016 - 5:05am
January 27, 2016
How to learn more about Medicare
Q: Where can I learn more about Medicare so that I can get the right plans for my needs? A: Go to the official Medicare website, www.medicare.gov, for detailed coverage information and to the Social Security website, www.socialsecurity.gov, for the basics and to enroll in in Medicare...
January 27, 2016 - 5:00am
January 20, 2016
Social Security payroll tax levels the same for 2016
Q: Did Social Security payroll tax levels change for 2016? A: No. In 2016 the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax is $118,500, the same as for 2015. Annual Social Security payroll taxes are paid up to a maximum amount set by law when you have wages or self-employment...
January 20, 2016 - 5:00am