Florida is a popular place for seniors to retire because of the tax advantages. There is no state income tax, no inheritance tax, and no estate tax. According to a 2015 WalletHub study, the best city in Florida to retire in is Tampa. Seniors looking to maximize their Social Security benefits and stretch their retirement dollars will find that their money goes further in Tampa than other cities across the United States.
The Social Security offices in Tampa determine your eligibility and pay benefits to eligible seniors and people with disabilities, and those who are entitled to survivor benefits.
Tampa is home to two Social Security Offices. Their locations are:
3415 E. Frontage Rd. Tampa, FL 33607
4010 Gunn Highway, Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33607
The phone number for both offices is the central toll-free number (800)-772-1213. The offices are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. On Wednesday, the office is open from 9:00 am until noon.
The Social Security office needs proof of your identity. Before going into the Social Security office, you’ll need to take some documents with you. If you can’t find all of them, the Social Security office will help you attain them. Gather up the following documents:
Your Social Security card or a record of your Social Security number
Your birth certificate or other proof of your age
Information about your residence, such as a mortgage or lease statement
Payroll slips, bank books, insurance policies, burial fund records, and other information about your income and personal property
Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of doctors, hospitals, and clinics where you were treated, if you are applying because you are disabled or blind.
Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status
Copies of your bank statements
Almost anything that you’d need to do at a Social Security office can now be done quickly and easily using an online account called MySocialSecurity. This online system can be used to set-up your own personal account and manage it from the convenience of your home. Use your online account to get a replacement Social Security card; receive your benefit verification letter; verify your earnings; get estimates of future benefits or survivorship benefits; and find answers to your questions about Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration recommends that everyone who paid into Social Security or is looking for benefits should set-up a MySocialSecurity account.
Setting up your account is similar to setting up other types of online accounts. The system will ask you some personal information about yourself. You will need to give answers to some questions about things that only you are likely to know. This is for the safety and security of your personal information and to protect you from identity theft. Next, you will create a username and password that you will use to access your account. The process is easy enough that anyone can set up a MySocialSecurity account.
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