The Social Security System

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What Is Social Security?

Social security is a program that uses public funds to provide a degree of economic security for the public as a whole. In the U.S, employers and employees are required to pay social security taxes and the money that is raised from these taxes would then provide benefits for those who have reached retirement age or are otherwise eligible to receive such funds. This way when everyone retires, they will have some type of funds to keep the economy flowing.

Social security also is a government program to provide financial support for the disabled. Over the course of your life, you pay a certain percentage of your income to the government in the form of social security taxes. After you retire or become disabled, the government sends you monthly payments based on how much you paid in social security taxes.

Does Everyone Have a Social Security Number?

Any U.S citizen who is over the age of 18 and receives some type of income, must have a SSN. Employers are required to use the social security number to report all employee's income to the IRS. Paying social security from your income is also mandatory and you cannot refuse to pay for it. Although children are not required to have a SSN before the age of 18, it is a good idea to go ahead and get a SSN for your child since you would need a SSN to open a savings account in their name, get medical coverage, or get any other type of government provided service for your child. Most people today get a SSN at birth.

What Are Social Security Benefits?

Social security benefits are monetary benefits that is received by retired workers who have paid in to the social security system over the years that they have been working. Once qualified to receive these benefits, social security benefits are paid out on a monthly basis to retired workers and their surviving spouses. Social security benefits are also paid out to eligible disabled individuals. Social security offers a number of different kinds of benefits:

What Should I Do if I Have Been Denied Social Security Benefits?

The social security administration will deny social security benefit claims if they think you don't qualify for them. If you believe you should qualify for Social Security benefits, the first thing you should do is file an appeal. The social security administration has a complex appeal system, which may reverse the denial of benefits. There are four parts to the appeal:

Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me with My Social Security Matter?

The laws that regulate social security are very complex and confusing. It isn't always clear which benefits you are entitled to. A social security attorney can help you understand which social security benefits you should be receiving. A lawyer can also help you if you need to appeal a denial of social security benefits.

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Last Modified: 04-26-2016 01:48 PM PDT

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