A Couple of Changes You Might Want to Know About Your Social Security Benefits

The Social Security Administration has made some changes for 2013.

DailyFinance.com reports new rules have been implemented by the Social Security Administration for 2013.

Here are highlights of some of those changes. 

Paper checks will stop March 1

The Treasury department will stop mailing paper checks to Social Security recipients. Beneficiaries will be required to choose to have Social Security payments either directly deposited into a bank or credit union account or loaded onto a prepaid Direct Express Debit MasterCard.

Higher payments

Social Security beneficiaries began receiving payments that were 1.7 percent larger in January as a result of a cost-of-living adjustment. 

Added online services as offices are reducing hours

Retirees now have the ability to access a benefit verification letter and payment history online, and can also change their addresses and start or change direct-deposit information. Access those options by clicking here. Social Security offices have cut hours. 

Workers are paying more

Payroll tax cuts expired at the end of 2012, and workers are now contributing 6.2 percent of their earnings, up from the 4.2 percent in 2011 an 2012, to Social Security.

Click here to read DailyFinance's full story. 

Barrow County residents can visit the area Social Security Office at 389 E. Broad St. in Winder. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays. 

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Bob February 01, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Paper checks will NOT stop on March 1 if you haven't switched to electronic payment. Treasury does not have the power to sign people up for direct deposit or the debit card. Only the beneficiary is empowered to do that. You'll get pestered by mail and maybe by phone if you don't switch, but they cannot stop sending your benefits. The checks will conitnue!
Sharon Swanepoel February 01, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Thanks for letting us know that Bob - maybe some people will be able to hold out through that government pestering!


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