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Are social security retirement benefits paid in advance or

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Are social security retirement benefits paid in advance or in arrears? My question really is as follows: My husband passed away on 2/25. Am I entitled to the check which will arrive on 3/3?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 9 months ago.

Sorry for your loss.

Social security benefits that will be paid on 3/3 are for the month of February.

To be eligible for a Social Security benefit, a person must be alive for the whole month for which a benefit is paid.

If the person was not alive on the last day of February - the estate or beneficiaries should return that payment.

Expert:  lev-tax replied 9 months ago.

Here is an example provided by the SSA

Lisa Beneficiary, a widow, received benefits in Cycle 1. She died February 29, 2008. The March 3, 2008, payment for February 2008 was not due.

See for reference

https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0202408650

Sorry again for your loss

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