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Dear Savvy Senior,
I plan to apply for my Social Security benefits in September. When can I expect my first check? And, is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment?
Generally, Social Security retirement benefits (as well as disability and survivor benefits) are paid in the month after the month they are due. So, if you apply for your Social Security benefits in September, you will receive your September benefits in October.
The day of the month you receive your benefit payment, however, will depend on either your birthdate, or the birthdate of the person whose work record you’re receiving benefits on.
If you’re applying for benefits as a retired worker, your benefit payment day will be determined by your own birthdate. But if you’re applying for spousal or survivors benefits based on your spouse’s or (if you were married at least 10 years) ex-spouse’s work record, your benefit payment date will be determined by his or her birthdate. Here’s the schedule of when you can expect to receive your monthly check:
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