Report the Death to Social Security You can call the Social Security Administration or contact your local Social Security office. You cannot report a death online. Be ready to share the Social Security number and date of birth of the deceased.
If you need to report a death or apply for benefits, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). You can speak to a Social Security representative between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although our offices are closed to the public, employees from those offices are assisting people by telephone.
You can apply for benefits by calling our national toll-free service at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or by visiting your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to apply.
Your Social Security number and the deceased worker’s Social Security number. A death certificate. (Generally, the funeral director provides a statement that can be used for this purpose.) Proof of the deceased worker’s earnings for the previous year (W-2 forms or self-employment tax return).
If the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, you must return the benefit received for the month of death and any later months. Request that any funds received for the month of death or later be returned to Social Security. Benefits received by check must be returned to Social Security as soon as possible.
Benefits end in the month of the beneficiary’s death, regardless of the date, because under Social Security regulations a person must live an entire month to qualify for benefits. There is no prorating of a final benefit for the month of death.
Only the widow, widower or child of a Social Security beneficiary can collect the $255 death benefit, also known as a lump-sum death payment. Priority goes to a surviving spouse if any of the following apply: The widow or widower was living with the deceased at the time of death.
Within a family, a child can receive up to half of the parent’s full retirement or disability benefits. If a child receives survivors benefits, they can get up to 75% of the deceased parent’s basic Social Security benefit. There is a limit, however, to the amount of money we can pay to a family.
It takes 30 to 60 days for survivors benefits payments to start after they are approved, according to the agency’s website. An agency spokeswoman told me every case is different.
In 2021, if you’re under full retirement age, the annual earnings limit is $18,960. If you will reach full retirement age in 2021, the limit on your earnings for the months before full retirement age is $50,520.
You can apply for benefits by calling our national toll-free service at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or by visiting your local Social Security office.
Social Security: You must notify the Social Security Administration of the death, and apply for any possible Social Security death benefits and survivors’ benefits. You will need the deceased’s Social Security number and date of birth. The Social Security office automatically notifies Medicare of the death.
When an account holder dies, the next of kin must notify their banks of the death. The bank may require other documents, including court-issued letters testamentary or letters of administration naming an executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate.
“ Any benefit that’s paid after the month of the person’s death needs to be refunded,” Sherman said. With Social Security, each payment received represents the previous month’s benefits. So if a person dies in January, the check for that month — which would be paid in February — would need to be returned if received.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays a small grant to eligible survivors of some beneficiaries to help with the cost of a funeral. The heirs of a beneficiary who has passed have some flexibility in how this benefit is paid out and what it may be used to pay for.
According to the SSA, “If a benefit payment is received by direct deposit, contact the bank or other financial institution as soon as possible and ask them to return any funds received for the month of death or later.” Acting quickly will help surviving families avoid any financial confusion during an already difficult