Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyer Explains 5 Ways You Can Qualify for Social Security Benefits

The Social Security program plays a critical role in keeping Americans out of poverty.  As important as this program is, we find that there is a lot of confusion about how to qualify for Social Security benefits. Before we discuss the “ins and outs” of Social Security, let’s first be clear about what Social Security is not. You don’t qualify for a benefit simply because you are a United States citizen, nor is Social Security an entitlement program. You have to either earn it or fit in some special criteria to receive it. Here are the five ways you can qualify to receive a Social Security benefit: Work to earn your retirement benefit. The most common way to qualify for Social Security benefits is by working.  In order to receive a retirement benefit, you must be at least 62 years old and have accrued 40 lifetime work credits. Up to four credits are earned each year you work.  That means you’ll have to work at least 10 years to qualify…

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