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Receiving Social Security Benefits? Here are a Couple Changes You Might Want to Know About

The Social Security Administration has made some changes for 2013.

DailyFinance.com reports new rules have been implemented by the Social Security Administration for 2013. Here are highlights of some of those changes. 

Paper checks will stop March 1

The Treasury department will stop mailing paper checks to Social Security recipients. Beneficiaries will be required to choose to have Social Security payments either directly deposited into a bank or credit union account or loaded onto a prepaid Direct Express Debit MasterCard.

Higher payments

Social Security beneficiaries began receiving payments that were 1.7 percent larger in January as a result of a cost-of-living adjustment. 

Added online services as offices are reducing hours

Retirees now have the ability to access a benefit verification letter and payment history online, and can also change their addresses and start or change direct-deposit information. Access those options by clicking here. Social Security offices have cut hours. 

Workers are paying more

Payroll tax cuts expired at the end of 2012, and workers are now contributing 6.2 percent of their earnings, up from the 4.2 percent in 2011 an 2012, to Social Security.

Click here to read DailyFinance's full story. 

Barrow County residents can visit the area Social Security Office at 389 E. Broad St. in Winder. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays. 

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Bob January 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Paper checks will NOT stop on March 1. Social Security does not have the authority to sign anyone up for electronic payment. That can only be done by the beneficiary. So if you don't sign up, the paper check keeps on being sent. Walt Henderson of GoDirect has said so over and over and over all month long in numerous news stories.
Deanna Allen January 29, 2013 at 12:49 AM
This is a quote from him in the story referenced above: "If you already have a bank account or credit union account, we encourage you and it's our preference that you sign up for direct deposit," says Walt Henderson, director of the electronic fund transfer strategy division at the Treasury Department. "The debit card is primarily for unbanked benefit recipients. We don't want people who already have a bank account to feel that they have to get the debit card."

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