Signing up for Social Security can be confusing. When can you do sign up? Where do you go to sign up? and many more questions immediately come to mind. We’ll cover all of those and more in this article.
There are many types of Social Security benefits. Different benefits require different documents and have different rules.
You used to be able to set an appointment and walk into your local SSA office. Due to Covid, that stopped. You’ll have to do it online.
Set up an account at www.ssa.gov.
This takes about 10 minutes. This will show you how much you can expect to receive in monthly benefits.
Before you apply for benefits, you’ll need to gather some information, find that here https://www.ssa.gov/hlp/isba/10/isba-checklist.pdf
To apply for Social Security go to https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/rib
Apply 3 months before you want to receive, or before you are eligible to receive, any benefit. It’s the same for Medicare. Remember, the government is slow, so don’t wait until the last minute to apply.
Once you have applied, it could take up to 3 months to receive your first benefit payment. Social Security benefits are paid monthly, starting in the month after the birthday at which you attain full retirement age.
Yes we can! Depending on your birthday, you’ll be paid on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th Wednesday of the month.
If your birthday is 1st -10th = second Wednesday
If your birthday is 11th -20th = third Wednesday
If your birthday is the 21st – 31st = 4th Wednesday