Social Security 2023: The first Social Security checks for the month are sent out on Friday. Remember that the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2023 is included in both the January and February Social Security checks. Your benefit amount will go up by 8.7% this year because of the increase.
Throughout the month, the Social Security Administration sends out checks in groups. Read on to find out when you should get your Social Security payment and how your payment date is set.
When will I get my February Social Security check?
The first COLA increase for 2023 will be added to February checks. Here’s when you should get your Social Security check and/or SSI money in February (PDF):
- On February 1, SSI payments are made.
- On February 3, people who get both SSI and Social Security or who have been getting Social Security since before May 1997 will get their Social Security payments.
- People whose birthdays fall between the first and tenth of a given month will get their Social Security payments on February 8.
- On February 15, people whose birthdays fall between the 11th and 20th of any given month get their Social Security payments.
- People whose birthdays fall between the 21st and 31st of any given month will get their Social Security payments on February 22.
How are Social Security payment dates determined?
On the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of each month, the Social Security Administration usually sends out payments. The day you get your check depends on when you were born.
- If your birthday is between the 1st and 10th of the month, your payment will be sent on the second Wednesday of the month.
- If your birthday is between the 11th and 20th of the month, your payment will be sent on the third Wednesday of the month.
- If your birthday is between the 21st and 31st of the month, your payment will be sent on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
People who get SSI usually get their money on the first of every month.
What if I receive both Social Security and SSI?
The payment schedule is different if you got Social Security benefits before May 1997 or if you get both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You won’t get your payments on Wednesdays anymore. Instead, you’ll get your Social Security payment on the third of every month and your SSI payment on the first of every month.
But those dates change if the first or third day of the month falls on a weekend or a holiday. Last month, Jan. 1 fell on a Sunday, so SSI recipients got their January payments a day early on Dec. 30 and Social Security recipients got their payments on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The payment schedule for February is the same as the regular schedule, so you can expect to get your SSI payment on February 1 and your Social Security check on February 3.
What if I don’t receive my check on the expected date?
If, based on your birth date or other factors, your check doesn’t arrive on the date above, the Social Security Administration says to wait three more mailing days before calling.
If you still haven’t gotten it, you can call 800-772-1213 to talk to someone about it. (The Social Security Administration says that wait times are shorter Wednesday through Friday and from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.)
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