Three Common Reasons Why Your Social Security Filing Flopped
Ah, social security; that wondrous program that gives you a small chunk of money on which to live every month. Most of us dream of the day when we can retire, claim social security, and put the daily grind behind us. Some will try to retire sooner. Others will wait for years beyond the accepted age. Regardless of how it plays out for you, you could still have your claim dismissed. In an unbelievable twist of events, here are three common reasons why your social security filing may have flopped.
The Social Security Office Has You Down as DEAD
This may seem like an age-old joke, but in the modern world, it is not. Your claim to your chunk of government-sponsored retirement benefits is denied because the government's records reflect that you are, quite literally, dead. This used to be an egregious error on the part of the people creating documents and filing them, but these days the more common cause is identity theft. Despite the fact that you show up to your nearest social security office to prove that you are not deceased, you may still have to battle this out legally with social security attorney services and a good lawyer.
Your Social Security Number Does Not Register as Yours
If, at any point and time, you requested a new social security number, the number you filed with your benefit claim may not register as yours. Sometimes the government does not keep up with changes, and as such, your new number is not filed as belonging to you, but to someone else or to no one at all. Frustrating though this may be, it is an easy legal fix for your social security lawyer. (You may not get very far trying to fix the situation on your own, since it is easy to fake a social security card. Most of them are still made of paper, and identity thieves and counterfeit thieves have no problem reproducing social security cards.)
The Government Says You Make Too Much Money
Sad, but true. If you have a lot of assets, or your salary is quite nice, you cannot file for benefits while you are still working. Here it is, you have paid your whole life into social security, and now you cannot get it back without being fully retired or completely disabled for at least six months. If you have managed to tuck away enough money, or you are able to liquidate assets, you can quit work, live on that, and then file again for benefits. The next time you file, have your lawyer do it for you.
Contact a service, like Law Center For Social Security Rights, for more help.