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Can I change the date I receive my benefits?
No. If you were receiving or applied for Social Security benefits on or before April 30, 1997, or if you receive both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will receive your benefit on the third of the month. If you receive only SSI, you will receive your benefit on the first of the month. If you applied for Social Security benefits after April 30, 1997, the birthday of the person whose record you receive benefits under determines your payment date:Date of Birth Payment Day
1st through 10th Second Wednesday
11th through 20th Third Wednesday
21st through 31st Fourth Wednesday
Go to Schedule of Social Security Payments for the current payment dates.
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Why Did Social Security Change My Payment Date?
Why Did Social Security Change My Payment Date?
I am nearly 80 years old. I have been receiving Social Security Retirement Payments for many years. My birthday falles between the 1st and the 10th so I have been receiving the payments on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (more or less). I rely on the payment to pay for normal living expenses and, most importantly, our mortgage.
Today I received a letter from the SSA that says in effect:
- You will NOT receive a retirement check in March.
- You will receive your "March" check on April 3rd.
- You will receive your "April" check on May 3rd.
So I will be out of usual cash availability for 21 days. That's a real hardship.
And, with the new schedule, this money will never be made up!
If I have to take a loan to stay afloat, I will have to carry the loan forever or create new savings to take its place.
This is most unusual.
The SSA did a very poor job of justifying the action. They provided the easily-found list of factors but none of those apply to me. They did NOT say which factor they had used nor why!! Then they had the gall to ask if I had "more information". More information re: what topic?
How is this possible? How many other people are being faced with arbitrary actions like this which amount to missing over $1,500 in retirement payments? I fear an epidemic.
It's rare for Social Security to change someone's payment date, but I don't think that the letter you received is telling you that you'll miss a payment. Instead, the letter indicates that you'll be receiving your payments earlier in the month from now on. Social Security pays benefits a month behind, so I assume you were paid your normal January payment on the 2nd Wednesday in February, and that you'll receive your normal February payment on the 2nd Wednesday of March. Then, you'll receive your March payment on April 3rd, and so on.
The reasons that Social Security changes a person's payment date are listed in section 121.3 of the following reference from their handbook: https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.01/handbook-0121.html. If none of those items apply to you, I don't know why they decided to move your payment date up to the 3rd of the month. However, note that section 121.4 of the handbook reference explains that you can ask Social Security to move your payment date back to the 2nd Wednesday of the month if you'd rather not get your payments on the 3rd of each month.
If you don't receive a payment in March for February, then you'll need to find out why from Social Security. Social Security would normally only withhold someone's payment(s) to recover some type of overpayment or other type of withholding, such as a garnishment or tax levy, etc.
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When Are Social Security Benefits Paid Each Month?
Most recipients get their Social Security benefits on a Wednesday — but which Wednesday depends on your birthday. Here’s how the payment cycle works.
What is my Social Security payment schedule?
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Social Security pays benefits in the month following the month for which they are due. For example, the January benefit is paid in February.
For most beneficiaries, the payment date depends on your birth date. If you are receiving payments on the record of a retired, disabled or deceased worker (for example, spousal or survivor benefits), that person's birthday sets the schedule.
Here's how it works:
If the birthday is on the 1st through the 10th, you are paid on the second Wednesday of each month.
If the birthday is on the 11th through the 20th, you are paid on the third Wednesday of the month.
If the birthday is on the 21st through the 31st, you are paid on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
The Social Security Administration adopted this staggered schedule in June 1997. Prior to that, all benefit payments went out on the third day of the month, but that became unwieldy as the number of beneficiaries grew.
Most people who started receiving benefits before May 1, 1997, are still paid on the third of the month. The third is also the monthly pay date for these groups of Social Security beneficiaries:
Those who live abroad.
Those enrolled in Medicare Savings Programs, which provide state financial help for paying Medicare premiums.
Those who collect both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you are in this group, you get your SSI on the first of the month and your Social Security on the third.
Social Security has an online calendar showing all the payment dates for 2022.
Keep in mind
Social Security no longer pays benefits by check. You can receive benefits by direct deposit or via a Direct Express debit card.
If a scheduled payment date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, payments are made on the first preceding day that isn't a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.
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