Social Security touches the lives of every American, both directly and indirectly. We help older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. We are with you through life’s journey, securing today and tomorrow.
Today, about 171 million people work and pay Social Security taxes and about 61 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits.
With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, we improve the quality of life for millions, keep the elderly out of poverty, and provide vital aid to our wounded warriors.
We’re With You from Birth Most parents apply for a child’s Social Security number at birth, usually through the hospital.When the time comes for that first job, the number is already in place.
We’re With You When You Start Work Your employer verifies your Social Security number with us at every new job. Doing so helps reduce fraud and improves the accuracy of your earnings records.
Employers collect FICA, or Federal Insurance Contribution Act withholdings, and report earnings electronically. This is how we track your earnings and how you earn Social Security retirement, disability, and survivors coverage for you and your family. A worker earns up to four Social Security credits each year and needs 40 credits, or 10 years of work, to qualify for retirement benefits.
We’re There for Your Wedding Marriage is the start of a new chapter in your life. For some, a part of that new life is a new name. If you legally change your name due to marriage, divorce or any other reason, let us know so you can get an updated Social Security card — and so we can accurately keep track of your earnings. There’s no charge for a Social Security card. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber
We’re There to Help If Disability Strikes One in four of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before they retire. Disability benefits provide modest coverage for severely disabled workers and their dependents, including our wounded warriors. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts/facts.html
We’re There to Provide Comfort During Difficult Times The loss of a loved one can be both emotionally and financially difficult. Some widows, widowers, and children may receive survivors benefits to help them cope with the financial loss. The number of credits needed to provide benefits for survivors depends on the worker’s age when he or she dies.
We Wouldn’t Miss Your Retirement Party When most people think of Social Security, they think of retirement benefits — with good reason. Social Security is a lifeline for most retirees, keeping tens of millions out of poverty. Fifty-one percent of the workforce has no private pension coverage. Thirty-four percent of the workforce has no savings set aside specifically for retirement.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Social Security Programs: Retirement, Survivors and Disability Benefits
Social Security’s Print Materials: Social Security has more than 100 publications (brochures and factsheets) on a wide range of topics, includingmySocial Security, retirement, disability, survivors, Medicare, work and earnings, etc. Publications can be downloaded at https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/
Social Security Website Resources: Social Security’s website at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ has over 45,000 web pages, 20 online services, information in 18 languages, and a presence on several social media sites.
Social Security Presentations: Social Security has an Ask For A Speaker link on our website. Usually, Social Security can provide a speaker to discuss our programs, benefits, and services at benefit fairs, education fairs, workplace seminars, national conferences and forums.
WHAT WE NEED
We need your help! Help our nation's youth secure today and tomorrow. Encourage young people age 18 and over to open a mySocial Security account today at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount With a mySocial Security account, you can access your Social Security Statement to get estimates of future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits you and your family may receive and check your earnings, which is important since Social Security benefits are based on a lifetime of earnings.
You can also use a mySocial Security account to request a replacement Social Security card online in some states. For more information, visit https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/