Your Own Amount Comes First

Q:  Will my own Social Security amount be lower if family members receive benefits through my record? A:  No, it will not be lower.  Your own SSA retirement or disability amount is determined first and is the same whether or not anyone else is entitled on your record.

Register For Business Services Online Webinar – Part 2

Details about the second Social Security Business Services Online (BSO) webinar were just announced.    Scheduled for December 15, 2011 at 1:00pm eastern time, it will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS).   Register at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/webinars/  With SSNVS, you can: Verify up to 10 names and SSNs online and…
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Naming A Baby?

 Expecting an end of year or New Year’s baby?  Looking for a name?  Visit the Social Security “popular baby name” section at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/ for names used in 2010 and for any year after 1879.  You can rank the popularity of a name from the top 20 to the top 1000.  You can also sort popular…
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More About Income Taxes & Your Social Security Benefit

 “Are my Social Security benefits taxable?” is a very popular question, especially at this time of year.   Here is more detail about a topic touched upon early in November.  As always, this is general information.  No Social Security Administration employee can provide you with specific tax advice.   Whether or not your income from Social Security…
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November Social Security Historical Highlights

To end the month, here are some November Social Security historical highlights. November 5, 1934: President Roosevelt announced the members of a 23-member Advisory Council to the Committee on Economic Security (CES).  Background:  By early 1934 President Roosevelt had concluded the nation needed to develop a social insurance system to prevent in the future the…
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