Benefits To A Grandchild

The Social Security publication, Benefits for Children, mentions that grandchildren can sometimes receive child’s benefits. This is possible but not very common. Here are more details from the Social Security website, www.socialsecurity.gov. More and more parents are finding themselves raising grandchildren. Social Security will pay benefits to grandchildren when the grandparent retires, becomes disabled, or…
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Changing Your Voluntary Tax Withholding

Q: How do I change the amount of taxes withheld from my Social Security benefit? A: Taxes are not routinely withheld from Social Security benefits but you can request, change or end voluntary Federal tax withholding by completing IRS Form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request, and returning it to your local SSA office. Voluntary withholding is…
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Do You Lose Social Security Coverage If Not Working?

Q: I have worked for years and, according to my Statement, have enough credits to qualify for Social Security benefits. Do I lose this coverage if I stop working? A: Work requirements are part of Social Security and credits, formerly called quarters of coverage, are the way work is measured to see if a person…
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When Do SSA Survivors Benefits Begin?

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 not payable for that month. For example, if the death is…
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Today Is Check Your Statement Day

Noted in yesterday’s post about my Social Security, today is “Check Your Statement Day.” Checking your Social Security Statement is important for retirement planning but, in my opinion, it is even more important for people many years away from retirement, especially if you have dependent children. Including survivors and disability benefits, Social Security is far…
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