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Social Security For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Jonathan Peterson

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Appendix B

Resources

You can find a lot of information out there about Social Security and related issues of financial stability in retirement. This appendix highlights some of the chief resources and puts them together in one place for your convenience.

Social Security

You can contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) by mail, phone, or online, or by visiting your local SSA field office:

  • Mail: Whenever you write to the SSA, be sure to include your Social Security number and claim number (if you have one):
    • Social Security Administration
    • Office of Public Inquiries
    • 1100 West High Rise
    • 6401 Security Blvd.
    • Baltimore, MD 21235
  • Phone: The SSA phone lines are staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some automated services are available 24 hours a day. Call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).
  • Web: The SSA home page is www.ssa.gov. From this page, you can take care of much of the business you have with the SSA, using the links on the left side of the page. For example, to get a form, click the “Forms” link; to get a publication, click “Publications.” Click the “FAQs” link on the left side for answers to more than 600 questions.
  • Local office: To find an SSA office near you, simply go to www.ssa.gov , click on “Contact Us” and then click the “Find an Office” link.

Note: If you or someone you’re assisting isn’t fluent in English and needs help from the SSA, you have a few options:

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