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How do I apply for a $255 death benefit?

When an employee who is insured for social security dies, surviving spouses or children can claim a unique payment of $255. This is a separate payment to SSA survivor benefits and applicants can take advantage of both at the same time.

Eligible spouses have priority in claiming benefits, followed by the deceased employee’s children.

If you are eligible for Social Security benefits and wish to apply for the benefit, you must: call the national SSA office via their toll-free service number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit one of their local Social Security offices through the land. There are no other online options available.

An appointment is not necessary but if you don’t want to wait to claim your benefits, SSA recommends that people used to call them planning a meeting and therefore, avoid any queues.

How do you prepare for the meeting with SSA?

Documents you may need to provide

  • birth certificate or other birth certificate such as identity card or driver’s license
  • Proof of US Citizenship
  • US military discharge papers if you had military service before 1968;
  • W-2 forms and/or self-employed tax returns for the past year;
  • The death certificate of the deceased employee

To help speed up the processing of your application, you should be aware of: the documents you may need to provide when you apply and prepare any questions you may have. Any missing information will delay your application request.

note that SSA only accepts photocopies of W-2 forms and self-employed tax returns, all other documents submitted must be in their original form.

What questions will they ask you?

Some of the questions that applicants will be asked are:: name and citizen service number as well as those of the deceased employee, children and any other former spouses. Illnesses or disorders 14 months before the death of the deceased, the amount of money he or she earned in the last year of life will also be questions for relatives.

Visit the official website of the SSA to learn all the questions you will be asked.