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  • Social Security's top five ways to protect against identity theft

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Jul 11, 2024

    Identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to impersonate you or steal from you. It is important that you stay safe online. Please review these data privacy and identity protection resources: 1. A great online resource is www.ssa.gov/myaccount. You can visit this page to open a secure my Social Security account, keep track of your earnings record, and identify any suspicious activity. 2. Our blog post, Protect Yourself from Identity Thieves, helps you understand how to spot, prevent, and report identity theft. You can check o...

  • Celebrate your independence with social security

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Jun 27, 2024

    Every July 4, we celebrate our nation’s independence. For nearly 90 years, our programs have helped create financial independence for millions of hardworking people. We have useful online resources like the Social Security Statement (Statement) and our benefits estimator tool that helps people not yet receiving benefits. The Statement shows the benefits that you and your family may be eligible for and provides personalized fact sheets tailored to your age and earnings situation. The benefits estimator tool allows you to get estimates based o...

  • Why it's important to tell Social Security about your financial accounts

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Jun 6, 2024

    Do you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? If so, you need to tell us about any financial accounts you own, alone or with someone else. That’s because SSI is a needs-based program, and eligibility is determined by your resources as well as your income. Examples of financial accounts include: • Checking, savings and credit union accounts. • Christmas club accounts. • Certificates of deposit, also known as CDs. • Stocks and U.S. savings bonds. What you need to tell us You need to tell us about changes to your financial accounts or accoun...

  • Social Security omits food from in-kind support and maintenance calculations

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|May 30, 2024

    Supplement Security Income (SSI) provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness. It also provides monthly payments to adults aged 65 and older, who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits help pay for basic needs like rent, food, clothing, and medicine. People applying for and receiving SSI must meet eligibility requirements, including income and resource limits. Under our current rules, we include food assistance as unearned income when calculating In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM). We understand th...

  • Social Security honors our military heroes

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|May 23, 2024

    On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives to preserve our freedoms. Families, friends and communities come together to remember the great sacrifices of military members and ensure their legacies live on. The benefits we provide can help the families of deceased military service members. For example, surviving spouses and dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors’ benefits. You can learn more about those benefits at www.ssa.gov/benefits/survivors. We also offer support to w...

  • Social Security supports small businesses

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Apr 11, 2024

    Running a small business can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, services, and marketing can be challenging. If you’re a small business owner, or you work for one, our online suite of services can help make your life easier. Our online business services at www.ssa.gov/employer will save you valuable time when you file electronic W-2s and W-2Cs and verify employee names and Social Security numbers. Small business owners can also take advantage of our Business Services Online at www.ssa.gov/bso/bsowelcome.htm. You m...

  • Plan for your future during Financial Literacy Month

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Mar 28, 2024

    We celebrate Financial Literacy Month (FLM) every April to promote financial education and well-being in the United States. FLM also serves as a reminder that Social Security is a vital part of any financial plan. Our online tools are here to help you understand your potential Social Security benefits and how they fit into your financial future. You should periodically review your Social Security Statement (Statement) using your personal my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount. Your Statement is an easy-to-read summary of the...

  • Making the most of America Saves Week 2024

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Mar 14, 2024

    America Saves Week, which runs from April 8 to 12 this year, is an excellent opportunity for organizations to promote good financial habits and for people to assess their own saving status. This year’s theme is “Saving for What Matters Most.” Planning and saving are key to a successful retirement. The earlier you start saving for retirement, the better off you will be. People with a plan are twice as likely to save successfully. Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically. During America Saves Week, we encourage you to pledge to start...

  • Social Security celebrates Women's History Month

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Mar 7, 2024

    March is Women’s History Month — a time to focus not just on the past, but also on the challenges women continue to face in the 21st century. At Social Security, we provide vital benefits and financial protection for women. Nearly 55% of people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Today, more women work, pay Social Security taxes and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Women have longer average life expectancies and tend to live more years in retirement than men. This means women...

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