How To Create An Online Account

Summary

Get step-by-step instructions for creating a “my Social Security” account.

When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits

Summary

Take a look at some factors that can help you make an informed decision about the best time to retire.

Apply Online For Medicare In Less Than 10 Minutes- Even If You Are Not Ready To Retire

Summary

Learn how fast and easy it is to apply for Medicare online.

Government Pension Offset

Summary

Learn how your Social Security benefits may be reduced if you get a pension based on work where you did not pay Social Security taxes.

A Guide For Representative Payees

Summary

Find out what you need to know when you take responsibility for someone else's Social Security benefits.

International Students And Social Security Numbers

Summary

Learn about the rules that apply to international students who want a Social Security number.

Survivors Benefits

Summary

Get specific information about survivors benefits: who is eligible; how to apply; and how benefits are figured.

What You Can Do Online

Summary

Get the web address for the online services available from Social Security.

How To Apply Online For Medicare Only

Summary

Get step-by-step instructions—complete with screen shots—on how to use the online Medicare-only benefit application.

What You Need To Know When You Get Retirement Or Survivors Benefits

Summary

Find out what you can expect from Social Security, what your reporting responsibilities are and how to report changes that could affect benefits.

How Workers' Compensation And Other Disability Payments May Affect Your Benefits

Summary

Find out how workers' compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security benefits.

Understanding the Benefits

Summary

Get an overview of all Social Security programs and Medicare.

What Prisoners Need To Know

Summary

Find out how to apply for or get Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits reinstated after release from jail, prison or certain other public institutions.

Social Security Numbers For Noncitizens

Summary

Learn about Social Security's policy on issuing Social Security numbers to noncitizens.

Your Right To Representation

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Learn more about your right to have a representative, such as an attorney, help you when you do business with Social Security.

A Brief History of Social Security

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A Brief History of Social Security.

Social Security Numbers For Children

Summary

Learn all the reasons you should get a Social Security number for your baby.

If You Are Self-Employed

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A guide to what self-employed people need to know about Social Security credits, how to figure net earnings and how to report earnings.

Retirement Information For Medicare Beneficiaries

Summary

Here’s information that can help you decide when to start receiving your Social Security retirement benefits.

Your Right To Question The Decision Made On Your Claim

Summary

Learn more about how you can appeal a Social Security decision that you don't agree with.

Your Social Security Number And Card

Summary

Find out who needs a Social Security number and how to get one.

The Appeals Process

Summary

Find out how you can appeal if you do not agree with the decision made about your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income claim.

Your Ticket To Work

Summary

If you receive disability benefits and want to work, learn how you can take advantage of the Ticket to Work program and still keep your benefits and Medicare coverage while you make the transition.

Special Benefits For Certain World War II Veterans

Summary

Find out who qualifies for these special benefits.

Update 2015

Summary

This fact sheet provides new information for each current year for many items, such as Social Security taxes and benefits and other factors of eligibility.

The Fastest Way To Verify Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

Summary

Get a benefit verification letter instantly through your own account at the “my Social Security” web portal.

Schedule of Social Security Payments

Summary

Get a current schedule for Social Security and SSI benefit payments in an easy-to-read calendar format.

SSI In Pennsylvania

Summary

Learn about the money the state of Pennsylvania adds to federal SSI payments each month.

You May Be Able To Get SSI

Summary

Find out who is eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits.

Medicare Premiums: Rules For Higher-Income Beneficiaries

Summary

If you have higher income, find out why you will pay an additional premium amount for Medicare Part B and Medicare prescription drug coverage.

SSI In Nevada

Summary

Learn about the money the state of Nevada adds to federal SSI payments each month.

SSI In Hawaii

Summary

Learn about the money the state of Hawaii adds to federal SSI payments each month.

Your Ticket To Work: What You Need To Know To Keep It Working For You

Summary

Learn how Social Security determines a person's progress under the Ticket to Work program and how earnings affect benefits.

Apply Online For Extra Help With Medicare Prescription Drug Costs

Summary

Learn how easy it is to apply online for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs.

Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors

Summary

Find out how you can receive expedited processing of your disability claim from Social Security if you became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001.

Windfall Elimination Provision

Summary

Find out how your Social Security benefits could be affected if you’re eligible for a pension from work not covered by Social Security.

If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision - How We Can Help

Summary

Learn about special services available from Social Security for people who are blind or have low vision.

A Guide To SSI For Groups And Organizations

Summary

This is a comprehensive explanation of SSI tailored to groups and organizations that serve or have contact with the SSI population.

When A Representative Payee Manages Your Money

Summary

Understand what it means to have a representative payee help you manage your Social Security benefits.

SSI In The District Of Columbia

Summary

Learn about the money the District of Columbia adds to federal SSI payments each month.

Working While Disabled - How We Can Help

Summary

Learn about incentives for working while still receiving disability benefits, such as the trial work period, continuation of Medicare and credit for impairment-related work expenses.

Household Workers

Summary

Learn about an employer's responsibility to withhold FICA taxes from a household worker's wages and the value of Social Security to household employees.

How You Earn Credits

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Find out what work credits are, how they're earned and just how many you'll need to get benefits.

Understanding The Extra Help With Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

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An overview of the Extra Help available to cover the costs of a Medicare prescription drug plan and a list of factors you should consider when comparing plans.

Military Service And Social Security

Summary

Learn how military personnel earn Social Security coverage and other general information about Social Security benefits.

Benefits For Children With Disabilities

Summary

This booklet gives an overview of the special benefits available for children with disabilities.

Your Retirement Benefit: How It Is Figured

Summary

Learn about the formula used to calculate Social Security retirement benefits and take advantage of a worksheet to help you estimate your retirement benefits.

SSI In Vermont

Summary

Learn about the money the state of Vermont adds to federal SSI payments each month.

SSI In Rhode Island

Summary

Learn about the money the state of Rhode Island adds to federal SSI payments each month.

How Work Affects Your Benefits

Summary

Find out how working after beginning to receive retirement benefits can lead to increases or decreases in benefits.

Special Payments After Retirement

Summary

Learn how special payments for work done before retirement, such as bonuses, vacation pay and commissions, do not count toward the Social Security earnings limit.

Retirement Benefits

Summary

Learn about Social Security retirement benefits: how you earn coverage; how to apply; how benefits are figured; and how to decide when to retire.

SSI In New Jersey

Summary

Learn about the money the state of New Jersey adds to federal SSI payments each month.

SSI

Summary

Learn about the SSI program’s eligibility requirements, the income and resource limits and how to apply for benefits.

Red Book

Summary

The Red Book is a general reference tool designed to provide a working knowledge of these provisions. We write the Red Book primarily for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve persons with disabilities. We also expect that applicants and beneficiaries will use it as a self-help guide.

If You Work For A Nonprofit Organization

Summary

Learn how workers in a nonprofit organization can pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and earn entitlement to benefits.

A "Snapshot"

Summary

Get a quick overview of the most important features of Social Security's programs.

Online Services From www.socialsecurity.gov - Apply for Retirement, Disability, Medicare And So Much More!

Summary

Learn about the convenient and secure online services available from Social Security.

A Special Examination Is Needed For Your Disability Claim

Summary

After you apply for disability benefits, you may need special medical exams or tests before we can decide whether you qualify.

How To Apply Online For Retirement, Spouses Or Medicare Benefits

Summary

Get easy-to-follow instructions for using Social Security’s online benefit application.

How International Agreements Can Help You

Summary

Learn about the agreements the United States has made with other countries to help you avoid double taxation while working abroad and also help you qualify for future Social Security benefits.

Important Information: Changes In Certain Services

Summary

Find out about changes in Social Security services coming in 2014

Retire Online - It's So Easy!

Summary

Find out how easy it is to apply online for retirement benefits.

How To File An Unfair Treatment Complaint Concerning An Administrative Law Judge

Summary

Learn what you should do if you think the administrative law judge who conducted your hearing treated you unfairly.

Social Security Coverage For Employees Of Foreign Governments And Instrumentalities Of Foreign Governments Working In The United States

Summary

Learn if your earnings are covered by Social Security if you work in the United States for a foreign government or an instrumentality of a foreign government.

Non-U.S. Citizen/Adult -- Replacement Social Security Card

Summary

Learn what documents you need to get a replacement card for an adult who isn’t a U.S. citizen.

U.S. Citizen/Adult -- Replacement Social Security Card

Summary

Learn what documents you need to get a replacement card for an adult.

U.S. Citizen/Child -- Replacement Social Security Card

Summary

Learn what documents you need to get a replacement card for a child.

Social Security Administration’s 100% Permanent & Total Veterans Initiative

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The Social Security Administration is launching a new initiative to provide expedited processing of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T).

Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number

Summary

Learn how you can prevent identity theft and what you can do if you’re a victim.

U.S. Citizen - Adult Name Change On Social Security Card

Summary

Learn what documents you need to change your name on your Social Security card.

Special Benefits For World War II Veterans

Summary

Find out about a special program for certain veterans of World War II.

Your Payments While You Are Outside The United States

Summary

Learn about special reporting responsibilities for Social Security beneficiaries living outside the United States.

How To Correct Your Social Security Earnings Record

Summary

Make sure your earnings record is correct, because you and your family may not receive the right amount of benefits if all of your wages are not shown on your record.

New Numbers For Domestic Violence Victims

Summary

Learn how a victim of family violence may be able to get a new Social Security number.

Online Retirement Estimator

Summary

Learn about the online Retirement Estimator, how it works and who can use it.

Your Right To Question The Decision To Stop Your Disability Benefits

Summary

If you disagree with our decision that you are no longer disabled, find out how you can appeal it.

What Every Woman Should Know

Summary

Learn about valuable Social Security program information, such as who is eligible for various benefits and the importance of reporting income properly.

Apply Online For Disability Benefits

Summary

Find out about the advantages of applying online for disability benefits.

What You Need To Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Summary

Learn about the rights and responsibilities of SSI recipients — what they can expect, events they must report and how to report them.

Working While Disabled - A Guide To Plans For Achieving Self Support

Summary

Learn how to develop a plan for achieving self-support while still receiving SSI benefits.

Get Your Payments Electronically

Summary

Receiving Social Security payments electronically is a simple, safe and secure way to receive your benefits — even if you don't have a bank account.

Medicare Annual Verification Notices: Frequently Asked Questions

Summary

Find out more about income-related monthly adjustment amounts for Medicare premiums.

How To Use The Online Retirement Estimator

Summary

Get step-by-step instructions for using the online Retirement Estimator.

Reporting Your Wages When You Receive SSI

Summary

If you receive SSI and work, don’t forget to report your wages timely so your payments will be accurate.

Employment Networks In Social Security's Ticket To Work Program

Summary

Find out how disability beneficiaries can get vocational rehabilitation, employment and other support services from public and private providers, employers and other organizations.

Benefits For Children

Summary

Many children are eligible for benefits because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired or deceased.

Incentives To Help You Return To Work

Summary

Find out how disabled Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries can return to work and still receive health care and benefits.

Your Right To Question A Decision Made On Your SSI Claim

Summary

Find out how you can appeal a decision concerning your SSI claim.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Facts

Summary

Get an overview of the food stamp program (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), find out who can get it and how and where to apply.

How We Decide If You Are Still Disabled

Summary

Find out how Social Security reviews the medical condition of people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to be eligible for benefits.

How State And Local Government Employees Are Covered By Social Security And Medicare

Summary

Learn why some state and local employees are covered by their public pensions only; some are covered by both public pensions and Social Security; and some are covered by Social Security only.

Medicare In Puerto Rico

Summary

Puerto Rican residents can avoid penalties by asking for Medicare Part B, medical insurance, at the same time they apply for Medicare Part A.

Foreign Workers And Social Security Numbers

Summary

Learn about Social Security's policy on issuing Social Security numbers to foreign workers who are authorized to work in the United States.

Nutrition Assistance Program

Summary

Get information about various nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

What You Need To Know When You Get Social Security Disability Benefits

Summary

Find out what you can expect from Social Security and how and when to report changes that can affect your benefits.

Electronic Services For Appointed Representatives Hearings and Appeals

Summary

Appointed representatives can access their clients' electronic claim folders (eFolders) pending at the hearing level via a secured website.

Review Of Your Eligibility For Extra Help With Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs: Some Things You Should Know

Summary

Social Security may contact beneficiaries currently receiving Extra Help to review their status and ensure their eligibility for Extra Help.

What You Can Do If You Think Your Medicare Income-Related Premium Is Incorrect

Summary

Find out how you can ask for a new decision without having to file an appeal.

A Guide to the PASS Application Form (SSA-545-BK) for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Summary

This guide is intended to help you write your plan and prepare for the questions on the PASS application form, SSA-545-BK.

Use Electronic Records Express To Send School Records

Summary

Discover the advantages of submitting school records electronically for disability claims.

Use Electronic Records Express To Send Client Records

Summary

Discover the advantages of submitting client records electronically for disability claims.

Use Electronic Records Express To Send Health Records

Summary

Discover the advantages of submitting health records electronically for disability claims.

How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies

Summary

Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits, including a one-time payment of $255.

Registration Requirements For Direct Payments To Representatives

Summary

Find out what attorneys and other representatives need to know to get paid directly from a claimant's past-due benefits.

What You Need To Know About Misleading Advertising

Summary

Don't be victimized by misleading advertisers who use "Social Security" or "Medicare" to sell services that are available from Social Security free of charge.

W-2 Online: An Electronic Filing Option For Small Businesses

Summary

Stop filing paper W-2s and use Social Security free electronic filing for small businesses.

Your Right To An Administrative Law Judge Hearing And Appeals Council Review Of Your Social Security Case

Summary

If you are eligible for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income Benefits, we want to make sure that you get them on time and in the right amount. After we decide whether or not you are eligible for benefits, or that we will stop your benefits, or change the amount, we send you a letter explaining our decision. If you do not agree with our decision, you have the right to appeal it. When you ask for an appeal, Social Security may review the entire decision, including those parts which were favorable to you.

Entering The Community After Incarceration - How We Can Help

Summary

Find out how Social Security beneficiaries can have their benefits restarted after being released from prison.

Blue Book

Summary

This edition of Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, also known as the Blue Book, has been specially prepared to provide physicians and other health professionals with an understanding of the disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration. It explains how each program works, and the kinds of information a health professional can furnish to help ensure sound and prompt decisions on disability claims.

Social Security’s Electronic Wage Reporting (Forms W-2)

Summary

If you run a business, make www.socialsecurity.gov/employer your first stop for information on W-2s, electronic filing and verifying Social Security numbers.

Why You Should Have Your Hearing By Video

Summary

If you are getting ready for a hearing before an administrative law judge, Social Security offers an efficient method using new technology—video hearings. With video hearings, we can make the hearing more convenient for you. Often an appearance by video hearing can be scheduled faster than an in-person appearance.

Overpayments

Summary

Learn why you may be paid too much in benefits and how to repay.

Monthly Wage Reporting And SSI For Sheltered Workshops

Summary

Learn how sheltered workshops can participate in electronic monthly wage reporting and help Social Security make accurate payments to workers who get SSI.

Social Security For People Living With HIV/AIDS

Summary

If you have HIV/AIDS and cannot work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

The Appeals Process (For Disability Claims In The Following Areas: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, North And West Los Angeles, California)

Summary

Learn how the disability appeals process is a little different in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and North and West Los Angeles, California.

A Guide For Farmers, Growers And Crew Leaders

Summary

If you work in the farming industry, learn what your Social Security and Medicare taxes cover and find out how to report your employees' income, as well as how to report your own.

What You Need To Know: Reviewing Your Disability

Summary

If you receive disability benefits, learn how your medical condition will be reviewed periodically to make sure you continue to be eligible for benefits.

If You Are A Farm Worker

Summary

Learn how Social Security can help you and your family, the importance of your Social Security number, how your boss reports your earnings, and how to make sure your earnings are reported correctly.

The "Notch" Provision

Summary

Learn how correcting a flawed formula for calculating cost-of-living adjustments affected beneficiaries born in 1917 through 1921.

This is an archival or historical document and may not reflect current policies or procedures.

Incentive Payments For State And Local Institutions Under Social Security Programs

Summary

Find out how some institutions can receive payments for reporting information about confined or incarcerated people.