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When Will My Social Security Benefits Start?

I signed up for SS at the social security office and was told benefits start in April 2017. ( I'll be 66 in March) Now I have received a letter from SSA telling me that my benefit is due through March. When do they start? My filing date was Dec.5, 2016. Thanks , Denise

Hi Denise,

Social Security benefits are normally paid in the month after the month for which they are due. If you elected to start benefits effective at full retirement age, which would be March 2017 in your case, then you should receive your first payment in April 2017.

Posted: 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 08:00

Why Does My Benefit Statement Say That I Was Paid For Prior Years?

Why does my benefit statement say that I was paid 9,450 in 2016 for 2014 and paid 5,250 in 2016 for 2013? Where did those amounts come from?

Hi,

I don't know, but sometimes Social Security pays retroactive benefits that date back for a number of years. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as a successful appeal, or a refund of benefits previously withheld due to the earnings test, etc. You would need to check with Social Security for an explanation.

Best, Jerry

Posted: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 07:00

What Does The Notice I Received Mean?

I am 65 years old and I have been on Social Security since I'm 62 I got a letter saying the state of Pennsylvania will no longer pay for my Medicare Part D as of November 2016 I will have to start paying it as of December 2016 I just received the letter today and it's I'm fine with that but the thing I received a letter saying I will receive my January payment around February 3rd where I usually get my Social Security January 3rd does that mean I will not get a check in the month of January I'm not sure how they can do that how do I pay my rent and my other bills that is my only

Posted: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 09:15

Why Did I Get Extra Money This Month?

Why did social security deposit extra money in my account on oct16?

Hi,

I don't know, but this is normally the time of year that Social Security processes automated benefit adjustments. So, the payment you received could be back pay due as a result of a retroactive rate adjustment for any of a variety of reasons (e.g. delayed retirement credits, additional earnings, etc.).

Posted: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:15

Why Did I Get A Check For $90 Today?

Hi Larry - I am 71 and received a SS deposit of $90.00 today - my usual benefit is $1150. WHY would I get an extra deposit? According to the SS Calendar, my normal deposit is on the 3rd week of the month. Is this deposit an additional payment? WHY?

Thank you for any information you can provide,
With Appreciation,

Joanna

Hi Joanna,

Posted: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 11:15

Any Idea Why I Received An Extra Deposit On 10/5/2016?

I received an extra deposit of $81 from Social Security on 10-5-16. Any idea why?

Hi,

No, but a number of other readers have mentioned getting similar payments in various amounts. I haven't heard of any special payments going out, but this is normally the time of year that Social Security processes automated benefit adjustments. So, the payment you received could be back pay due as a result of a retroactive rate adjustment for any of a variety of reasons (e.g. delayed retirement credits, additional earnings, etc.).

Posted: 
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 10:30
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