Social Security questions and answers

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GENERAL

Question:

Do Members of Congress have to pay into Social Security?

Answer:

Yes, they do. Members of Congress, the President and Vice President, federal judges, and most political appointees, have paid taxes into the Social Security program since January 1984. They pay into the system just like everyone else, no matter how long they have been in office. Learn more about Social Security benefits at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

Question:

How do I change my citizenship status on Social Security’s records?

Answer:

To change the citizenship shown on our records:

•Complete and print a new Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5) at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ss5.htm; and

•Show us documents proving your:

•New or revised citizenship status (Only certain documents can be accepted as proof of citizenship. These include your U.S. passport, a Certificate of Naturalization, or a Certificate of Citizenship. If you are not a U.S. citizen, Social Security will ask to see your current immigration documents);

•Age; and

•Identity.

•Take (or mail) your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office.

All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. For more information, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

RETIREMENT

Question:

How long does it take to complete the online application for Social Security retirement benefits?

Answer:

It can take as little as 15 minutes to complete the online application. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation to mail in. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. There’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. To retire online, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

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