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Social Security Handbook Index: Letter A

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Absence from U.S., SSI, §2116

Absence from U.S., alien nonpayment provisions, §1843

Accidental death, exception to 9-month duration-of-marriage requirement, §404

Accounting by representative payee, discontinuance, §1622

Accrued benefits, unpaid, §1900

Acknowledgment of children, §324, §327, §1709

Active duty (military), §§950-951

Active duty pay, coverage, §1305

Actual or constructive payments, §1302

Additional penalty conviction for subversive activities, §§1837-1840

Address, reporting change for mailing of check, §124

Adjustment against current and future benefits, overpayment, §1909

Adjustment for family maximum benefits, §§731-732

Adjustment of reduction factor at FRA, §728

Administration of Social Security programs, §109

Administrative actions, distinguished, §2003

Administrative actions which are not initial determinations, SSI, §2190

Administrative appeals process:

  • ALJ actions, §2008
  • ALJ's decision, §2012
  • appeals process, §§2007-2014
  • appeals review, §2013
  • claimant's representative, §§2017-2018
  • extension of time for filing request for reconsideration, hearing or review, §2015
  • hearing notices, §2009
  • pre/post hearing conferences, §2010
  • reconsideration, §§2000-2005
  • reopening and revision of determination or decision, supplemental security income (SSI), §2197
  • Social Security Office assistance, §2011
  • time limit for reopening determinations, §2001, §2016

Administrative finality, §2001

Administrative policy with respect to appointment of representative payees, §§1600-1601

Administrative responsibilities in administering the Social Security program, §109

Administrative review process:

  • defined, §2000
  • prehearing or posthearing conference, §2010
  • State's assessment, disallowance, credit or refund, §1019

Administrator, §1903

Administrator of estates, trade or business, §1114

Administrator Law Judge, locations, §110

Adopted child:

  • deemed stepchild, §332
  • dependency, §334
  • dependent upon insured parent, §334
  • effective date of adoption decree, §329
  • inheritance rights, §330
  • legal, §§329-337, §1713
  • legal adoption defined, §329
  • past indebtedness, §1619
  • proof, §1713
  • State law test, §328
  • step-relationships, §§331-332
  • termination of benefits, §340

Adult beneficiary (representative payee):

  • ability to manage benefits, §§1613-1614
  • advance notice of proposed actions, §1611
  • conservation of funds, §1619
  • current needs and maintenance, §1617
  • evidence of capability of beneficiary, §1614
  • evidence of incapability of beneficiary, §1604, §1606
  • legal guardian appointed, beneficiary adjudged incompetent, §1605
  • past indebtedness, §1618
  • payee preference guide, §1609
  • payments made directly to beneficiary over age 18, §1603
  • proper use of benefits, §1616
  • responsibilities of payee, §1616
  • transfer of funds, §1622

Advance filing of applications for benefits, §§1502-1503

Advance payment of wages, §1309, §1320

Advancing age, capacity to work, §609

Against equity and good conscience, recovery of overpayment, §1919

Age, education, and work experience, disability evaluation, §608

Age, proof required, §§1704-1706

Age 62:

  • quarters of coverage required, §204
  • reduced benefits, §302, §§723-729
  • reduction factors adjustment, widow(er), §728
  • retirement insurance requirements, §301
  • spouse's insurance benefits, §119, §305, §311, §322

Age 65:

  • blind or disabled, SSI, §126
  • hospital and medical insurance protection, §127, §1500
  • period of disability ends, §511
  • prescription drug benefit, §128, §1500, §2400
  • reduced spouse's benefits, §320
  • reduced widow(er)'s benefits, §407
  • reduction factor adjustment, §728
  • SSI, §2102

Age 72, special monthly cash payment entitlement, §119, §211, §§346-348

Aged, blind or disabled, SSI, §§2100-2102

Agent-drivers or Commission-drivers, §827

Agents, SSI, §2146

Agreement for farm rental, §1222

Agreement to cover foreign affiliates, §965

Agricultural inspectors, State and local employment, §1005

Agricultural labor (coverage):

  • cash-pay test, §§901-902
  • commodities listed, §905
  • cotton ginning, §911
  • cultivation of soil, raising or harvesting of commodities, §906
  • cultivating, raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodities, §904
  • domestic service, defined, §916
  • domestic service in a private home for profit, §915
  • farm defined, §903
  • farm crew workers and leaders, §831
  • foreign workers admitted to U.S. on temporary basis, §914
  • nonbusiness work on a farm operated for profit, §924
  • operating, managing, maintaining farm, §909
  • processing or packaging commodities, §913
  • production and harvesting of crude gum, §910
  • quarters of coverage, cash-pay test, §214
  • raising and harvesting, terms, §§906-908
  • sharefarm arrangement, §§1119-1121
  • types, §909
  • water system upkeep, §912

Aliens:

  • child's benefits, §339, §413
  • foreign students, exchange visitors, and international cultural exchange visitors, §939
  • mother's or father's benefits reduced, §419
  • parent's benefits nonpayable for some months, §426
  • spouse's benefits, §321
  • SSI, §2115
  • widow(er)'s benefits, §408
  • work performed under Immigration and Nationality Act, §939

Alien nonpayment provisions:

  • absence from U.S., §505
  • absence from U.S. for 30 full consecutive days, §1844
  • accrued benefits, restricted countries, §1849
  • beneficiary outside U.S. 6 months or more, §1843
  • countries restricted, §505, §§1847-1848
  • countries with pension systems, §1845
  • exceptions, §1843, §1845
  • exception limitations, §1846
  • limitations on use of certain exceptions, §1846
  • lump-sum death payment, §429, §1843, §1847
  • outside the U.S., 6-months or more, §1843
  • period of absence, §1844
  • retirement insurance benefits, §303

ALJ's decision, §2012

Allied armed forces services:

  • noncontributory military wage credits, §957
  • before 1957, gratuitous military wage credits, §1307

Alternative definitions of disability, §512

American employer defined, §962

American Samoa, coverage, §966

American vessel or aircraft defined, §961

Annual earnings test (see Earnings test)

Annual exempt amounts, §1803

Annual report of earnings:

  • additional reports, when required, §1822
  • beginning or stopping employment, §522
  • deadline for filing, §1815
  • exempt amounts, §1803
  • extension of time for filing, §§1816-1817
  • failure to file, good cause, §§1832-1833
  • failure to file timely, §§1819-1821
  • filing requirements, §1814
  • information required, §1818
  • payment of partial benefit, §1806
  • request for extension of time for filing, §1817

Annuity plan payments, §1316

Apartment house, private home, §917

Apartments or rooms, rental income, §1216

Appeal levels, §526

Appeal levels, IRMAA, §2508

Appeals Council process, §§2013-2014

Appeals Council review, SSI, §2194

Appeals Council review, SVB, §2725

Appeals office, purpose, §110

Appeals process, IRMAA, §2508

Appeals process, SSI, §2191

Appeals process, SVB, §2622

Applicant outside U.S., application or enrollment for benefits, §103

Application for Exemption from Social Security Taxes Income and Waiver of Benefits, IRS Form 4029, §1129

Application for Exemption from Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders, and Christian Science Practitioners, Form 4361, §1131

Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5, §101, §1404

Applications:

  • answering questions, §1511
  • by guardian, committee or legal representative, §1501
  • child's, §323
  • child's reentitlement to benefits, §341
  • completion, §§1511-1512
  • date of effectiveness, §1502
  • delayed filing result, §1504
  • disabled worker's, §509, §602, §1502
  • divorced spouse's, §311
  • false statements, penal provisions, §142
  • filing, §1500
  • food stamp program, SSI, §2108
  • good cause for extension of time limit, §§1518-1519
  • help in completing, §1512
  • individuals nearing retirement age, §1503
  • lump-sum death payments, §433, §§1517-1519
  • Medicaid, SSI, §2107
  • Medicare prescription drug costs, extra help with, §103, §1500
  • medical evidence, §§614-615
  • medical insurance benefits, §103
  • Medicare prescription drug benefit, §1500, §2400
  • missing in action, Form DD-1300 (Report of Casualty), used as intent to claim benefits, §1509
  • prerequisites, §§1508-1509
  • processing, §105
  • proof of support, time limit for filing, §1520
  • retirement insurance benefits, §301, §1502
  • retroactive entitlement, §301, §§1513-1514
  • right to withdraw, §§1515-1516
  • scope of application, §1510
  • signature, written or signed by mark and witnessed, §1511
  • special monthly cash payments, age 72, §347
  • spouse's, §305
  • survivors insurance benefits, §1502
  • when considered filed, §1507, §1509
  • where to file, §§1505-1506
  • who must execute, §1501
  • widow(er)'s benefits, §401, §405
  • wife's, §305
  • written statement requesting benefits acceptable, §1509

Appropriations for hospital benefits, §137

Assignment of benefits prohibited, §129, §1618

Assistance in completing applications for benefits, §1512

Association classifiable as corporation, §928

Association taxable as a corporation, §1112

Association of several persons classifiable as corporation, §825

Attachment of benefits, past indebtedness, §129, §1618

Attorney, representative of claimant, §§2017-2018

Automatic recomputation of primary insurance amount (PIA), §722

Automobile, exclusion from resource, SSI, §2157

Auxiliaries or survivors of deported worker, §1842

Auxiliary benefits, §300, §501

Auxiliary insured person, excess earnings, §1804

Average current earnings, defined, §504

Average indexed monthly earnings, §§700-703, §§713-714

Average monthly earnings, §§700-703, §§713-714

Awards, exclusion from wages, §1330

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