Q: Can I refuse to give my Social Security number to a private business?
A: Yes, you can refuse to disclose your Social Security number, and you should be careful about giving out your number. But, be aware, the person requesting your number can refuse services if you don't give it. Businesses, banks, schools, private agencies, etc., are free ...Read more
Tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS are global scourges, killing millions of people worldwide each year. Viral hepatitis is worse. A report published in the Lancet looked at death data from 183 countries and found the mortality rate for viral hepatitis is growing, from 890,000 deaths in 1990 to 1.45 million in 2013.
That's more people killed by ...Read more
Q: When a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, are benefits payable on that person's record?
A: Social Security survivors benefits can be paid to:
-- A widow or widower -- unreduced benefits at full retirement age, or reduced benefits as early as age 60.
-- A disabled widow or widower -- as early as age 50.
-- A widow ...Read more
Q: Will my son be eligible to receive benefits on his retired father's record while going to college?
A: No. At one time, Social Security did pay benefits to eligible college students. But the law changed in 1981. We now pay benefits only to students taking courses at grade 12 or below. Normally, benefits stop when children reach age 18 unless ...Read more