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Will My Mother's Last Check Have To Be Paid Back?

My mom passed away on the 14th of the month, will her SS benefits for that month have to be paid back


I'm sorry for your loss.

The check that your mother received in the month of her death was for the prior month, and that check would not have to be paid back. However, she would not be due a check for the month of her death, which is the payment that would normally have been paid in the month after she died.

Best, Jerry

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 22:40

When Would I Receive My First Payment?

Know that if I want to start receiving Social Security benefits on my 66th birthday on Nov 29, 2017, the first check would be deposited on the 4th Wed of the month which would be Dec 27, 2017; however, if I didn't want to start receiving my benefits until Jan 1, 2018, when would the first check be deposited, Jan 24, 2018 or Feb 21, 2018?



If your month of entitlement to benefits is January 2018, your first payment would be due on the 4th Wednesday of February 2018.

Best, Jerry

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 05:32

Do You Know Why I Received An Extra Deposit?

My husband and I both receive our social security checks via direct deposit. I noticed an additional separate direct deposit for $20.00 from social security, a day after my normal direct deposit. The "XXSOC SEC / ID" number is different than the normal number for me or my husband. Do you know what this could be?


No, I have no idea. You may want to check with Social Security if you don't receive an explanation in the mail within a couple of weeks.

Best, Jerry

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 08:30

Why Did My Mother Receive A One-Time Payment From Social Security?

My mother received a sizable deposit into her bank account from SSA. On her My Social Security website account it is only referenced as a One Time Payment.

Any thoughts of what this might be?


I have no idea why your mother would be due such a payment, but Social Security often makes adjustments of one sort or another that can result in a one-time payment of retroactive benefits due. The cause could be from additional earnings or some other type of recalculation that wasn't processed timely.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:45

Is The Check I Receive In February For January & February?

I applied for SSN in Sep 16. My birthday is Dec 16. My first SSN check is FEB 17. Will I get Jan/FEB or just Feb?


Social Security monthly benefits are paid in the month after the month for which they are due. So, the payment you receive in February is for January. Your check for February will be paid in March, and so on.

Best, Jerry

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 10:15
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