Social Security update: Direct payment worth up to $4,194 to arrive in just three days for millions

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Social Security update: Direct payment worth up to $4,194 to arrive in just three days for millions

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There are only a few days left before a portion of Social Security beneficiary recipients receive their monthly retirement payments worth up to $4,194.

The retirement benefits from the Social Security Administration are paid to recipients in waves of three, beginning on the second Wednesday of a month. The payments being issued on Dec. 21 mark the second payment from the SSA this month and are intended for Social Security recipients born on the 11th through 20th of a month, according to the SSA.

The amount that recipients will receive from these checks will depend on several factors. For the highest payment of $4,194, a person must have retired at 70, while those who retired at 67 can receive a little less with a maximum check of $3,345, while anyone who retired at 62 is only able to get as much as $2,364 per month.


The first batch of payments was already sent out to their respective recipients on Dec. 14, which included people born on the 1st through 10th of their birth months. The third and final wave of checks this month will be on Dec. 28 and are intended for recipients born on the 21st through 31st of a month, according to the SSA calendar.

Regular Social Security payments are based on earnings that a person makes throughout their lifetime and have no limits based on income or resources. These checks are different from other payments distributed by the agency, such as disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income, the latter of which is set to be paid on Dec. 30.


Analysts estimate Social Security insolvency may occur as early as 2034 unless action is taken by Congress to prevent it. Due to people living longer as science and medication advance, a larger number of people are taking part in Social Security benefits, while the number of people working and paying taxes to support said benefits is gradually going down, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

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