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Greetings,

Apparently the SSA is freezing the payment to some or all accts for the six months' worth of retroactive benefits.

My wife applied for Spousal Benefits with a restricted application so her benefits could grow to age 70, and for the 6 months retro benefits. SSA flagged the app as fraud, but is sending her regular monthly benefit check.
The SSA agent said we would have to go into an SSA office and show our IDs + Certified Marriage License. The SSA offices are closed.

Does anyone have any info on the Freezing of the retro benefits ?

Many thanks,

Tom
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Hi, Tom.

Unfortunately, you're not the only person this is happening to: https://www.fool.com/retirement/2020/06/29/social-security-i...

Checking the latest info on the SSA website (https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/), it looks like there are no plans to open offices anytime soon. But there is this: "If you have a critical situation that we cannot help you with by phone or online, we may be able to schedule an in-office appointment for you." So I suppose it's possible to persuade them that your situation is critical, but I don't know the success rate.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Best,
Robert
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Hi Tom,

Not sure you may have already tried this but phone appointment and uploading data to SSA online was helpful to me in past. Having a passport and providing that information was also helpful to my brother in dealing with SSA, although obtaining a passport is now also more difficult and delayed!

Another suggestion that may or may not help or be possible depending on where you live, contact your congressional representative. His or her office can sometimes help with these type of government problems.

David
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