Social Security Q&A: Many Helpful Publications Available on Audiobook
Question: I prefer reading by audiobook. Does Social Security have audio publications?
Answer: Yes. You can find them at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. Some of the publications available include What You Can Do Online, How Social Security Can Help You When a Family Member Dies, Apply Online for Social Security Benefits, and Your Social Security Card and Number. You can listen now at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.
Q: I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits and I recently went back to work. Do I have to pay Social Security (FICA) taxes on my income?
A: Yes. By law, your employer must withhold FICA taxes from your paycheck. Although you are retired, you do receive credit for those new earnings. Each year Social Security automatically credits the new earnings and, if your new earnings are higher than in any earlier year used to calculate your current benefit, your monthly benefit could increase. For more information, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov.
Q: I can’t seem to find my Social Security card. Do I need to get a replacement?
A: In most cases, knowing your Social Security number is enough. But, if you do apply for and receive a replacement card, don’t carry that card with you. Keep it with your important papers. For more information about your Social Security card and number, and for information about how to apply for a replacement, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. If you believe you’re the victim of identity theft, read Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.
This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213 or visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov.