If You Are Self-Employed
A guide to what self-employed people need to know about Social Security credits, how to figure net earnings and how to report earnings.
A guide to what self-employed people need to know about Social Security credits, how to figure net earnings and how to report earnings.
Here’s information that can help you decide when to start receiving your Social Security retirement benefits.
Learn more about how you can appeal a Social Security decision that you don't agree with.
Get step-by-step instructions for creating a “my Social Security” account.
Get an overview of all Social Security programs and Medicare.
Find out how you can appeal if you do not agree with the decision made about your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income claim.
Find out what you can expect from Social Security, what your reporting responsibilities are and how to report changes that could affect benefits.
Find out who needs a Social Security number and how to get one.
Get the web address for the online services available from Social Security.
If you receive disability benefits and want to work, learn how you can take advantage of the Ticket to Work program and still keep your benefits and Medicare coverage while you make the transition.
Learn how military personnel earn Social Security coverage and other general information about Social Security benefits.
Learn about the money the state of California adds to federal SSI payments each month.
Learn about the money the state of Hawaii adds to federal SSI payments each month.
Learn about the money the state of Nevada adds to federal SSI payments each month.
Find out who is eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits.
Find out how working after beginning to receive retirement benefits can lead to increases or decreases in benefits.
Learn about special services available from Social Security for people who are blind or have low vision.
This is a comprehensive explanation of SSI tailored to groups and organizations that serve or have contact with the SSI population.
Learn about an employer's responsibility to withhold FICA taxes from a household worker's wages and the value of Social Security to household employees.
Learn how workers in a nonprofit organization can pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and earn entitlement to benefits.
Learn about the SSI program’s eligibility requirements, the income and resource limits and how to apply for benefits.
Find out who qualifies for these special benefits.
This booklet gives an overview of the special benefits available for children with disabilities.
Get a benefit verification letter instantly through your own account at the “my Social Security” web portal.
Learn how special payments for work done before retirement, such as bonuses, vacation pay and commissions, do not count toward the Social Security earnings limit.
Get a current schedule for Social Security and SSI benefit payments in an easy-to-read calendar format.
Learn about the money the state of Vermont adds to federal SSI payments each month.
If you have higher income, find out why you will pay an additional premium amount for Medicare Part B and Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Learn how Social Security determines a person's progress under the Ticket to Work program and how earnings affect benefits.
Learn how fast and easy it is to apply for Medicare online.
Learn about the money the state of New Jersey adds to federal SSI payments each month.
Learn how easy it is to apply online for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs.
Learn about the money the state of Rhode Island adds to federal SSI payments each month.
The Red Book is a general reference tool designed to provide a working knowledge of these provisions. We write the Red Book primarily for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve persons with disabilities. We also expect that applicants and beneficiaries will use it as a self-help guide.
Find out how you can receive expedited processing of your disability claim from Social Security if you became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001.
Learn about the money the state of Pennsylvania adds to federal SSI payments each month.
Learn about Social Security retirement benefits: how you earn coverage; how to apply; how benefits are figured; and how to decide when to retire.
This fact sheet provides new information for each current year for many items, such as Social Security taxes and benefits and other factors of eligibility.
Find out what work credits are, how they're earned and just how many you'll need to get benefits.
Learn about the money the District of Columbia adds to federal SSI payments each month.
Find out how your Social Security benefits could be affected if you’re eligible for a pension from work not covered by Social Security.
An overview of the Extra Help available to cover the costs of a Medicare prescription drug plan and a list of factors you should consider when comparing plans.
Understand what it means to have a representative payee help you manage your Social Security benefits.
Learn about the formula used to calculate Social Security retirement benefits and take advantage of a worksheet to help you estimate your retirement benefits.
Learn about incentives for working while still receiving disability benefits, such as the trial work period, continuation of Medicare and credit for impairment-related work expenses.
Learn about the convenient and secure online services available from Social Security.
Get a quick overview of the most important features of Social Security's programs.
After you apply for disability benefits, you may need special medical exams or tests before we can decide whether you qualify.
Get easy-to-follow instructions for using Social Security’s online benefit application.
Learn about the agreements the United States has made with other countries to help you avoid double taxation while working abroad and also help you qualify for future Social Security benefits.
Find out about changes in Social Security services coming in 2014
Learn about Medicare hospital and medical insurance, who is covered, and how to apply.
Find out how easy it is to apply online for retirement benefits.
Learn what you should do if you think the administrative law judge who conducted your hearing treated you unfairly.
Get basic information on Social Security disability benefits.
Learn if your earnings are covered by Social Security if you work in the United States for a foreign government or an instrumentality of a foreign government.
The Social Security Administration is launching a new initiative to provide expedited processing of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T).
Learn what documents you need to get a replacement card for an adult.
Learn what documents you need to get a replacement card for an adult who isn’t a U.S. citizen.
Learn what documents you need to get a replacement card for a child.
Take a look at some factors that can help you make an informed decision about the best time to retire.
Learn how you can prevent identity theft and what you can do if you’re a victim.
Learn what documents you need to change your name on your Social Security card.
Learn all the reasons you should get a Social Security number for your baby.
Learn how a victim of family violence may be able to get a new Social Security number.
Find out about a special program for certain veterans of World War II.
Learn about special reporting responsibilities for Social Security beneficiaries living outside the United States.
Make sure your earnings record is correct, because you and your family may not receive the right amount of benefits if all of your wages are not shown on your record.
Learn about Social Security's policy on issuing Social Security numbers to noncitizens.
Get specific information about survivors benefits: who is eligible; how to apply; and how benefits are figured.
If you disagree with our decision that you are no longer disabled, find out how you can appeal it.
Learn about the online Retirement Estimator, how it works and who can use it.
Find out about the advantages of applying online for disability benefits.
Learn about valuable Social Security program information, such as who is eligible for various benefits and the importance of reporting income properly.
Receiving Social Security payments electronically is a simple, safe and secure way to receive your benefits — even if you don't have a bank account.
Learn about the rights and responsibilities of SSI recipients — what they can expect, events they must report and how to report them.
Learn how to develop a plan for achieving self-support while still receiving SSI benefits.
Find out more about income-related monthly adjustment amounts for Medicare premiums.
Get step-by-step instructions for using the online Retirement Estimator.
If you receive SSI and work, don’t forget to report your wages timely so your payments will be accurate.
Learn more about how noncitizens may be eligible for SSI.
Find out how disability beneficiaries can get vocational rehabilitation, employment and other support services from public and private providers, employers and other organizations.
Find out how disabled Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries can return to work and still receive health care and benefits.
Many children are eligible for benefits because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired or deceased.
Find out how you can appeal a decision concerning your SSI claim.
Learn how your Social Security benefits may be reduced if you get a pension based on work where you did not pay Social Security taxes.
Get an overview of the food stamp program (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), find out who can get it and how and where to apply.
Find out how Social Security reviews the medical condition of people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to be eligible for benefits.
Learn why some state and local employees are covered by their public pensions only; some are covered by both public pensions and Social Security; and some are covered by Social Security only.
Puerto Rican residents can avoid penalties by asking for Medicare Part B, medical insurance, at the same time they apply for Medicare Part A.
Get step-by-step instructions—complete with screen shots—on how to use the online Medicare-only benefit application.
Learn about Social Security's policy on issuing Social Security numbers to foreign workers who are authorized to work in the United States.
Learn about the rules that apply to international students who want a Social Security number.
Get information about various nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.
Find out what you can expect from Social Security and how and when to report changes that can affect your benefits.
Appointed representatives can access their clients' electronic claim folders (eFolders) pending at the hearing level via a secured website.
Find out how you can ask for a new decision without having to file an appeal.
This guide is intended to help you write your plan and prepare for the questions on the PASS application form, SSA-545-BK.
Find out how workers' compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security benefits.
Social Security may contact beneficiaries currently receiving Extra Help to review their status and ensure their eligibility for Extra Help.
Discover the advantages of submitting school records electronically for disability claims.
Discover the advantages of submitting health records electronically for disability claims.
Discover the advantages of submitting client records electronically for disability claims.
Find out how to apply for or get Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits reinstated after release from jail, prison or certain other public institutions.
Learn more about your right to have a representative, such as an attorney, help you when you do business with Social Security.
Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits, including a one-time payment of $255.
Find out what attorneys and other representatives need to know to get paid directly from a claimant's past-due benefits.
Stop filing paper W-2s and use Social Security free electronic filing for small businesses.
If you are eligible for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income Benefits, we want to make sure that you get them on time and in the right amount. After we decide whether or not you are eligible for benefits, or that we will stop your benefits, or change the amount, we send you a letter explaining our decision. If you do not agree with our decision, you have the right to appeal it. When you ask for an appeal, Social Security may review the entire decision, including those parts which were favorable to you.
Don't be victimized by misleading advertisers who use "Social Security" or "Medicare" to sell services that are available from Social Security free of charge.
Find out what you need to know when you take responsibility for someone else's Social Security benefits.
Find out how Social Security beneficiaries can have their benefits restarted after being released from prison.
This edition of Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, also known as the Blue Book, has been specially prepared to provide physicians and other health professionals with an understanding of the disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration. It explains how each program works, and the kinds of information a health professional can furnish to help ensure sound and prompt decisions on disability claims.
If you run a business, make www.socialsecurity.gov/employer your first stop for information on W-2s, electronic filing and verifying Social Security numbers.
If you are getting ready for a hearing before an administrative law judge, Social Security offers an efficient method using new technology—video hearings. With video hearings, we can make the hearing more convenient for you. Often an appearance by video hearing can be scheduled faster than an in-person appearance.
Learn why you may be paid too much in benefits and how to repay.
Learn how sheltered workshops can participate in electronic monthly wage reporting and help Social Security make accurate payments to workers who get SSI.
If you have HIV/AIDS and cannot work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
If you receive disability benefits, learn how your medical condition will be reviewed periodically to make sure you continue to be eligible for benefits.
Learn how the disability appeals process is a little different in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and North and West Los Angeles, California.
If you work in the farming industry, learn what your Social Security and Medicare taxes cover and find out how to report your employees' income, as well as how to report your own.
Learn how Social Security can help you and your family, the importance of your Social Security number, how your boss reports your earnings, and how to make sure your earnings are reported correctly.
Learn how correcting a flawed formula for calculating cost-of-living adjustments affected beneficiaries born in 1917 through 1921.
This is an archival or historical document and may not reflect current policies or procedures.
Find out how some institutions can receive payments for reporting information about confined or incarcerated people.