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When Will I Receive My Payment For August?

My husband died in June 2017. I applied for survivor benefits in July and received my first direct deposit of benefits into my checking account on 8/2 for June/July. I am supposed to receive benefits on the 4th Wednesday of every month. It is now 9/5 and I have yet to see a direct deposit for August. I haven't rec'd any notice in the mail of any changes. I am wondering if it is normal to have such a delay in deposit.


I'm sorry for your loss.

Apparently your husband's birthdate was after the 20th of the month, in which case your survivor benefit payment for August will be paid on the 4 Wednesday of September (i.e. 9/27). Your payment for September will then be paid on the 4th Wednesday in October, and so on.

The reason that you were paid your previous check on August 2nd is that the initial benefit payment can come at any time of the month if past benefits are due. In that event Social Security makes the first payment as soon as they can process the claim.

Best, Jerry

Sep 6 2017 - 8:14am
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