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I am 76 years old. I started receiving my SS benefits when

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I am 76 years old. I started receiving my SS benefits when I turned 62. But it was not enough to live on so I was fortunate enough to find a job and have had the job for 13
years.
I had cancer surgery 16 months ago and it looks as if I will have more cancer treatment in the near future.
Since I have worked full time for those 12 years, I assume I've paid into the system all those years. Does that mean I can increase my benefits in the future when I need them?
Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.
If you are collecting your SS benefit, than each year, the amount is recalculated using all current numbers. I.e. each year they look to see if the "top 35 years of income" have a change. Your current / recent years of income could have replaced prior "top" years and your benefit amount would have been already amended accordingly - you do not need to ask that it be done, it has been done, automatically. That said, you can ask for your SS earnings history so that you may confirm that the numbers filed with the IRS properly transferred to the SSA, to ensure they are being considered. You can do that by going to ssa.gov/myaccount and opening a passworded account and downloading your earnings statement.
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