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How do I apply for death benefit of spouse, My spouse passed…

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How do I apply for death benefit of spouse

Accountant's Assistant: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.

My spouse passed away 12-9-17. I'm told there is a $250 burial benefit payable to the surviving spouse.

Accountant's Assistant: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?

Not that I'm aware of.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Social Security
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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago
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You cannot report a death or apply for survivors benefits online.

In most cases, the funeral home will report the person’s death to us. You should give the funeral home the deceased person’s Social Security number if you want them to make the report.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago

If you need to report a death or apply for benefits, call
1-800_772_1213 to request an appointment. (If they are deaf or hard of hearing, they should call our TTY number, 1-800_325_0778.)
You can speak to a Social Security representative between 7 AM and 7 PM Monday through Friday. You can also contact your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to speak to someone.
Let me know your zip code and I will find a local SSA office serving your area.

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