December 4, 2018

YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY | Davenport, Iowa Office

By Linda Clayton-Powell
Social Security District Manager
Davenport, Iowa

SEASONAL WORK CAN EMPOWER YOU

Soon after school begins in the fall, many businesses begin advertising for seasonal workers. It’s a good way for people to make some extra income during the busy holiday season or ease back into working.

The diversity of jobs appeals to many people. Each year, companies also hire for seasonal work-from-home positions. These jobs include: customer service, sales, tech support, call center representatives, healthcare support, order taking/review, and more. Seasonal positions may help bridge employment gaps on your resume. They show proven experience and that you are ready, willing, and able to succeed. They also can help you to develop new or strengthen existing skills through training.

If you receive Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), special rules make it possible for people to work and still receive monthly payments. If you want to try working again, seasonal work may help you ease back into the workforce. Read Working While Disabled at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10095.pdf or visit our Ticket to Work website at https://choosework.ssa.gov for more information.

Keep in mind that you must report all earnings, including your seasonal earnings, to Social Security; however, they also count toward your future benefits. You earn Social Security credits when you work in a job and pay Social Security taxes. We use your total yearly earnings to figure your Social Security credits. You can learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10072.pdf.

You can also get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. But if you’re younger than full retirement age and earn more than certain amounts, your benefits will be reduced, although not dollar for dollar. Your benefits may increase when you reach full retirement age. You can read more about working while retired at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/retire/whileworking.html.

Getting back to work can empower you in a number of ways. Social Security is here for you throughout your life’s journey — at each step of your working life and beyond.

TOP TEN SITES OF SOCIAL SECURITY

At the end of the year, some of us like to take a tally of our top favorite things, such as movies and songs. At Social Security, we’re no different. Because we care a lot about making our services convenient and easy to access, we care a lot about our online services — from signing up for retirement benefits to calculating future payments.

That said, here are our top ten websites of 2018:

Our hub for Social Security news and updates is our blog: Social Security Matters at blog.socialsecurity.gov. You can use social media to easily share these informative articles with friends and family.

We have an easy way to learn how to replace your Social Security card at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. And in many states, you can get a replacement card online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

With our online application for retirement benefits, you can complete and submit one in as little as 15 minutes at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement.

Knowing how much money you will get in the future can help you plan your finances. Get instant, personalized estimates of your future Social Security benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.

Save time by applying online! Here’s a convenient
way to apply for disability benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/disability.

Access our convenient publication library with online booklets and pamphlets (including audio versions) on numerous subjects at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

Tired of reading? Maybe you learn better with visuals. We have informative videos on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/SocialSecurity.

One of our most popular social media outlets is our Facebook page. This is where we engage thousands of customers; you can join the conversation (and follow us) at www.facebook.com/socialsecurity.

Need answers to your Social Security-related questions? Our Frequently Asked Questions page is the authoritative resource at www.socialsecurity.gov/faq.

Open your own personal my Social Security account, which will enable you to verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, obtain benefit verification letters, update your Social Security information, and more at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

All year long, Social Security is here for you, in person and online. We encourage you to share these pages with
colleagues, friends, and family.

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