Social Security questions and answers
By: Sharon Rushford, Social Security Administration, Alexandria Echo Press
I’m reaching my full retirement age and thinking about retiring in early 2013. When is the best time of the year to apply for Social Security benefits?
If you are planning to retire in early 2013, you can apply now. To apply, just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/applytoretire. Applying online for retirement benefits from the convenience of your home or office is secure and can take as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy.
My wife and I live in Minnesota but plan to spend the winter in New Mexico. My wife will turn 62 while we are down south. Can she apply for benefits in New Mexico, or do we have to wait until we get back home to apply for retirement at our local Social Security office.
These days, you don’t even have to be near a Social Security office to apply for benefits. Regardless of where you and your wife are living, you can apply for retirement benefits online at www.socialsecurity.gov/applytoretire.
It’s so easy to do, and it can take as little as 15 minutes to complete and submit the application. If she prefers, your wife can file a retirement benefit application at any Social Security office, including the one closest to you in Minnesota, New Mexico or wherever you happen to be.