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Manage or Change Social Security Benefits

Changing your Social Security Benefits

If you have made a decision to change the way your Social Security benefits have been set up you may be able to withdraw your Social Security claim and re-apply later.

If it has been 12 months or more after you became entitled to your retirement benefits, you can no longer withdraw your application.

Withdrawing your application

When withdrawing an application here is what you would need to know:

  • You must repay all the benefits you and your family received based on your retirement application. Benefits anyone, including spouse or children received based on your application will be repaid. Anyone who received benefits must write consent with the withdraw.
  • Money withheld from your checks from Medicare part B, part C, and part D premiums, Voluntary tax withholding for all years, and garnishments must be repaid.

How to withdraw your application

  1. Fill out Social Security Form SSA-521 and include the reason why you want to withdraw the application on the form.
  2. Send the completed form to the Social Security Administration and you will be notified on the amount that you need to repay.
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