SSA Benefits For Children

Q:  Who fits the definition of a child for Social Security benefits? A:  Perhaps your children can receive Social Security when you receive SSA retirement or disability.   If you die, survivor benefits are possible.   Rules for a child to receive benefits through your earnings record are the same for all three programs.   Benefits paid to a…
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Business Services Online Webinar Series Now Available

The third Social Security Business Services Online (BSO) webinar is online and can be viewed anytime at your convenience.   Broadcast on January 12, 2012 , this final webinar of the three part series provided step-by-step instructions for electronic W-2 wage reporting.    The  “Business Services Online (BSO): The Joy of Using BSO” series is now complete.   All…
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What’s Your Name?

Q:  I am getting married later this year and have not decided yet whether to change my name or not. While I like the idea of sharing my future husband’s name, my professional identity is well established so I might not make any change.  As a compromise, I might hyphenate both names together.  For Social…
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Got Work? The SSA Disability Work Requirement

If you have been following these posts (thank you) you know that there is a work requirement to be eligible for Social Security on your own record.   Called insured status, this work requirement is measured by credits, once called quarters of coverage.   In 2012, covered employment of $1,130 earns one Social Security credit.  You can…
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Medicare Is Separate From Social Security

During December I wrote about the three Social Security programs of retirement (old age), survivor and disability insurance (OASDI) and referred to other programs that, while separate, are closely associated with Social Security.   Medicare is one. Medicare was at first more closely aligned with Social Security than it is now.  President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare…
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