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Earnings as Basis for Benefits
1400.1 What is the basis for Social Security benefit amounts?
Social Security benefits are based upon your earnings as reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA). For this reason, it is important that you report these earnings to us promptly and accurately. (See §§1402-1404.)
1400.2 What types of benefits are determined by earnings?
Your earnings are used to find out whether you are entitled to retirement, survivors, disability, and health insurance benefits (see Chapter 2). Also, they are used to calculate cash benefit rates (see Chapter 7).
Last Revised: Jul. 1, 2004
- Retirement Insurance Benefits
- Amount of Retirement Insurance Benefit
- Report of Expected Earnings Also Required
- Amount of Parent's Insurance Benefit
- Entitlement to Disabled Worker's Benefits
- What is a "period of disability?"
- The Earnings Test
- Amount of Surviving Child's Insurance Benefit
- Amount of Disabled Worker's Benefit
- Benefits Payable To Survivors of Deceased Insured Worker
- Amount of Child's Insurance Benefit
- Excess Earnings - Defined
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