Check the status of your Social Security benefits application online
If you have applied for Social Security benefits, or have a pending reconsideration or hearing, you can check the status online with your free personal my Social Security account. If you do not have an account, you can create one at www.ssa.gov/myaccount to see the following information about your claim: filing date, current claim location, scheduled hearing date and time, re-entry numbers for incomplete applications, service office location, and publications important, depending on the claim and the current step in the process.
Use your Personal My Social Security account to check the status of your application or objection at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.
If you have questions about retirement, disability, Medicare or survivor benefits, as well as additional security income, please visit our webpage at www.ssa.gov/benefits.
Q: I have worked the first half of the year but plan to retire this month. Does Social Security count the amount I will earn this year when I retire?
AN: Yes. If you retire in the middle of the year, we will count your earnings for the whole year. We have a special ‘income test’ rule that we apply to the annual salary, usually in the first year of retirement. Under this rule, you will be paid in full for every full month we consider retired, regardless of your annual earnings. We consider you retired for any month when your earnings are below the monthly earnings limit, or if you have not provided substantial self-employment services. We do not count the earned income from the month that you reach full retirement age. Learn more about the earnings testing rule at ssa.gov/retire2/rule.htm.
Q: A few months after I started receiving my Social Security retirement benefits, my former employer offered to take me back. It’s a great offer. Can I withdraw my pension application and reapply at a later date to increase my benefit?
AN: Social Security understands that unexpected changes can occur after you start receiving retirement benefits. If you change your mind, you may be able to withdraw your Social Security application and reapply at a later date. This withdrawal must take place within 12 months of your original retirement and you are limited to one withdrawal during your lifetime. Please note that you must repay any benefits received. See ssa.gov/retire2/withdrawal.htm for more information about the one-year deferral period.
This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For quick answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov.