When Will You Receive December Social Security Payments?
The Social Security Administration began distributing December payments this week. You will receive your first rise in benefit amount in January 2023.
Supplemental Security Income recipients will receive their first raise in December. We’ll explain why below, as well as how Social Security payments are calculated. (The schedule for Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries is shown here.)
Keep an eye out for a letter in the mail this month informing you of an increase in your Social Security benefits for 2023.
It will include information regarding your individual benefit rate increase for the coming year; you may also verify your benefits online through your My Social Security account.
Continue reading to learn when you’ll receive your Social Security check this month and how your payment date is set. Have you recently begun receiving Social Security benefits?
Here’s how to pause them and perhaps receive a higher sum afterward. Also included are the optimal times to begin collecting benefits and instructions on how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
How Are the Dates for Social Security Payments Determined?
The Social Security Administration makes payments on the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Your birthday determines which Wednesday you receive your money.
SSI payments are usually received on the first of each month (see below). We’ll break it down for you.
- If your birthday comes between the 1st and 10th of the month, you will receive your payment on the second Wednesday of the month.
- If your birthday comes between the 11th and 20th of the month, you will receive your payment on the third Wednesday of the month.
- If your birthday comes between the 21st and 31st of the month, you will receive your reward on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
What if I Receive Both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income?
The payment schedule is different if you earned Social Security payments before May 1997, or if you receive both Social Security and SSI.
Instead of receiving payments on Wednesdays, you will now receive your Social Security payment on the third day of the month and your SSI payment on the first day of the month.
If the first or third day of the month comes on a weekend, those payment dates are changed. For example, because Oct. 1 fell on a Saturday this year, SSI beneficiaries received their October payments on Sept. 30 and their Social Security payment on Monday, Oct. 3. The same will be true in December for payments made in January 2023.
When Will I Receive My Social Security Cheque for December?
The following is the December schedule (PDF) for when you might get your Social Security check and/or SSI money:
- Payment for SSI recipients begins on December 1.
- Dec. 2: Social Security payment for people receiving both SSI and Social Security, or for those who have received Social Security since before May 1997.
- Dec. 14: Social Security payout for anyone born between the first and tenth of the month.
- December 21: Social Security payment for people born between the 11th and 20th of any given month.
- Dec. 28: Social Security payment for anyone born between the 21st and 31st of any given month.
- January SSI payment is due on December 30. The COLA will be increased in this check.
What if I Don’t Receive My Cheque by the Deadline?
If your check does not come on the above-mentioned date due to your birth date or other circumstances, the Social Security Administration advises you to wait three more mailing days before contacting them.
If you still haven’t gotten it, you can contact a representative at 800-772-1213.
Wait times to speak with a representative are reduced Wednesday through Friday and later in the day, according to the SSA (between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time).
While you’re waiting, you can view your Social Security benefits online at ssa.gov/myaccount.