New Yorkers, age 65 and over, rely on Social Security to help them through the retirement years. More than 224,000 seniors receive Social Security benefits each month in the state. If you are in the process of planning your retirement, you will be relieved to know there are a variety of resources and planning tools at your disposal.
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website provides you with an easy-to-use field office locator. Simply enter your zip code into the field to find a local office and its business hours as well as directions to the building.
There are over 100 field offices in the New York Region, and this includes the entire state of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are six local offices located within the city limits:
Office #10036 at 237 W. 48th Street Office #10009 at 650 East 12th Street Office #10038 at 123 William Street Office #10027 at 55 West 125th Street Office #10029 at 345 East 102nd Street Office #10033 at 4292 Broadway
These local offices are open Monday through Friday from 9AM until 4PM with the exception of the offices closing on Wednesdays at noon. To avoid waiting in long lines, consider calling the SSA’s toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment at your nearest field office.
You can use the toll-free number to listen to recorded messages regarding benefits, payment delivery dates, direct deposit, taxes, fraud, cost-of-living adjustments, and more. A TDD line is available for those that are deaf or hearing-impaired at 1-800-325-0778. The number is available 24 hours a day. However, if you wish to speak with a federal employee, you will need to call Monday through Friday from 7AM until 7PM.
You can access the following services by either visiting a local field office or calling the toll-free help line number:
Apply for benefits Request a replacement tax summary Request a benefit verification letter Request replacement cards for Social Security or Medicare Apply for Medicare Part D to help manage prescription drug costs Change the name on the Social Security card Check claim status
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Using the services available for the toll-free number may save you travel and time. However, the easiest way to manage your Social Security and plan for retirement can be found online.
Within 15 minutes, you can create a my Social Security account and apply for retirement. The site allows you to do all of the necessary tasks available at an office, but also includes online retirement estimators and calculators to help plan for retirement. You can complete forms and submit them online or print the forms out and mail them to your local office. The site offers information about various services and info specifically for minorities, appointed representatives, financial planners, organizations, and veterans.
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