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HOW DOES ONE QUALIFY FOR BENEFITS?
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As you work and pay taxes, you earn credits that qualify you to receive Social Security benefits.  Your wages are posted to your Social Security record, and you receive Social Security credits based on those wages.   The credits you earn remain on your Social Security record if you change jobs or don't work for a while.

Each credit gives you one quarter (three months) of coverage.  Quarters of coverage are determined by your wages.  The amount needed for a quarter of coverage changes each year.  You can earn up to four credits each year. Most people (those born after 1929) need 40 credits (10 years of work) to qualify for benefits.  The amount you need to earn a credit tends to go up each year.  The amount of credits you need to get Social Security benefits depends on your age and the type of benefit you are applying for.

Certain professionals earn credits at different rates than regular employees. Some of these include the following:

  • Farmers
  • Domestic workers
  • Church workers

If you are self-employed or work in the military, you earn credits the same way as regular employees.  Military workers may be able to earn extra credits.  If you work for a nonprofit organization, you may be able to get benefits with fewer credits.

For complete details on credit requirements, contact the Social Security Administration.

Now that you understand how you earn credits, let's see what happens to the money you pay in Social Security taxes.




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