For millions of Americans the new December Social Security payment could be late. The United States Administration will send these new payments following the usual schedule, but a timing irregularity means that groups 2, 3 and 4 disability retirees will get their check later.
Instead, the first of the groups will get the payment early. What’s more, the Social Security Administration sent out the check last December 1st when in fact the payment is usually made on the 3rd of each month. This is because December 3rd is a Sunday and, therefore, the Administration does not send disability checks on that day.
Thus, there is one group that collects their Social Security payment earlier in December and three others that will collect later. Even so, Social Security beneficiaries need not worry about this. If we have a Social Security disability check accepted, we will be able to get it without any problem.
The only thing to keep in mind is that we need to check the calendar carefully to avoid problems with delays. Also, this month it seems more important than ever to activate Direct Deposit as a collection method, not only for the Social Security payment, but we could get up to three checks in December.
WHICH GROUP OF DISABILITY BENEFICIARIES WILL BE PAID LATER IN DECEMBER?
The December Social Security payment will be divided into four groups, as is customary in these cases. Thus, Group 1 will get the payment earlier, as discussed above. That group is made up of Social Security beneficiaries with a pre-1997 check. The other groups will be paid a little later.
These groups are made up of post-1997 beneficiaries, but keep in mind that depending on the day of the birthday they will get the money on one day or another. What is certain is that they will be paid from the third week onwards, which is very unusual.
These are the days on which post-1997 Social Security disability beneficiaries will collect in December:
- December 13th. Beneficiaries with birthdays between the 1st and 10th of the month.
- December 20th. Disability and other retirees with birthdays between the 11th and 20th of the month.
- December 27th. Any citizen with birthday between the 21st and 31st of the month gets their benefit on this day.
The month of birth is not important, only the exact day. And remember that the type of benefit also does not matter for collecting on one of these days. Just by having a check accepted, regardless of disability or any other reason, you will receive the payment.
HOW CAN I GET UP TO 3 SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS IN DECEMBER?
In order to get 3 different Social Security checks in December we need to have Supplemental Security Income in addition to the usual Social Security payment for disability or other reasons.
Having this we just need to activate Direct Deposit. This way, on the 1st of the month we will get the Supplemental Security Income. The usual Social Security payment will be collected on the corresponding day and, finally, on the 29th of December we will receive the check for the Supplemental Security Income for January 2024 in advance.
In addition to that we should also take into account that this last check is actually for January 2024, so it will include the COLA for that year, which will make the maximum $943 instead of $914 as it is now.