Q. I'm planning on retiring soon. Can I apply for Social Security benefits through the Internet?
A. You can now apply for some Social Security benefits online. And we'd also like you to know that your privacy is our highest priority, so we use state-of-the-art encryption to secure you confidential information when you do apply. Our Internet address is www.ssa.gov.
Q. I just started getting Social Security retirement benefits and I'm curious what the maximum benefit is. What is the maximum monthly Social Security retirement benefit, as well as the average retirement benefit?
A. For 2001, the maximum Social Security retirement benefit for a worker retiring at age 65 is $1,536. The average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired individual at age 65 is $1,049. These figures and other information are provided in the publication, "Understanding The Benefits," which is free from Social Security. To get a copy, visit our Web site at www.ssa.gov or call Social Security's toll-free number, (800) 772-1213.
Q. I have been receiving Social Security disability benefits for the past six years and my condition has not improved. Is there a limit on Social Security disability benefits?
A. No. You will continue to receive a disability benefit as long as your condition keeps you from working. Your case will be reviewed periodically to see if there has been any improvement in your condition and whether you are still eligible for benefits.